Saturday, July 22, 2006

Going Back to China

George Baker's family, a brood of three young teens, is shopping for bug spray and clothes for their big trip to China next week.

"It will be fun. I want to see if there are any new video games,'' said 13-year-old Michael, a student at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto. And he wants to return to the Chengdu orphanage where he lived for the first 6 1/2 years of his life, ``to see if any of my old friends are there.''

For some Bay Area adolescents, next week's trip to China is the first time they've gone back to the country of their birth. Moreover, local participants believe it is the first time China will be extending a high-level official welcome to a new group of overseas Chinese, those whose families are not usually ethnically and culturally Chinese.


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