Tuesday, November 6, 2007

"I'm a Chinese girl!"

Today, when telling me about her day, Elena announced "I'm not Guatemalan, not 'Merican, not Chilena - I'm a Chinese girl!" I asked her what makes her Chinese. She replied "I love eating with chopsticks." I thought, "Oh my, what have we done? Should we be thrilled that she's embracing the Chinese culture and feels like she's a part of it? Should we be worried that we're setting her up to have a major identity crisis? etc., etc."!!

Later, Carlos was looking at his English book practicing today's lesson. His teacher is a young Chinese woman and English is her second language. Carlos was saying "Where is she goING?" She is going to her grandMOTHer's house." - putting emphasis on the wrong syllable in a sentence which many Chinese English speakers do.

So there you have it. We have one child who thinks she's culturally Chinese and one that may end up sounding Chinese!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful life experiences. I finally am able to read and enjoy your adventures again.



Anonymous said...

I laughed so hard when I read this because Nicolas is having trouble with the boy/girl concept (everyone is a boy) and so now Alex is insisting that he is "NOT a boy I a girl"! They certainly keep us amused!