Sister Rounds

Sister Rounds
California Arcadia

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Made in China

Sometimes, so many happenings in my life revolve around Asian culture anymore. Just in one week alone, a lot of Chinese happened. And I wish that involved speaking and understanding the language, but I still only communicate with my dear Chinese friends with my heart. Alas!

Mid-autumn Chinese Festival is a large occasion that centers around a legend about the moon. A huge part of the holiday is little moon cakes, usually purchased. They have eggs in the center of these individual cakes, and different types of fruit. They remind me of Christmas fruitcake, minus the yucky egg in the center. 

We had a big festival at the church with beautiful decorations, gobs of traditional Chinese food, and tons of red everywhere!

Mid-autumn festival at the church

It was a unique, cultural, and joyful event with missionaries, Chinese Ward Family, and English class friends.

Friendly table at the festival

Me and my English class friend, Molly
Me and my best cheezy grin, and Beautiful Lola

There were also very cool cultural talents shared and displayed, all made in China. 
Traditional Chinese dance at the talent show

Family singing and instruments
Daughter, Mom, Me, Fanny Zhang
...and many great photo opportunities to share with Chinese friends, like beautiful Fanny Zhang, with an equally beautiful singing voice, and her family. All made in China.

We also take family photos before our Chinese family members have to leave Alhambra on transfers. Each one, whether made in China or not, we miss. They each offer their own piece of themselves to weave into my heart.
Crazy family!

Our next "Made-in-China" experience was an adventure to Chinatown with Eddy Marroquin. We drove to her home, walked to the bus station, hopped on a bus, and rode the 15 minutes (amazingly short!) to Chinatown. My first bus experience since coming to LA, and I survived just fine!

On the bus to Chinatown!
We browsed through unusual stores with cultural items, and listened to musicians on the street play culturally rich music with equally unusual instruments. We ate VERY Asian food in a restaurant for lunch, gazed at impressive architectural features on shops and businesses, and enjoyed a fun day in this culturally rich environment. Though it wasn't ALL made in China, we felt like we were in a foreign land, nevertheless.

Inside a store in Chinatown

Chinatown Bank architectural feature
Though these individuals are NOT all "Made in China," they are all very Chinese at heart. And they are some of the people who have impacted my life in etching a few little Chinese symbols of love on my own "Made in America" heart.
Chinese-speaking missionaries in Alhambra
Elders Kemsley, Chang Sam, Lutz, and Sisters Mann and Huang
Half-and-half:  Chinese and American

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