Sunday, February 18, 2007

Chinese New Year in Philadelphia

Cultural exchange: For parents of adopted Chinese girls, class helps bridge communication gap
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” will take on a new meaning today in the Empire Buffet Restaurant at New Philadelphia’s New Towne Mall.

Several American families who have adopted Chinese daughters are joining area Chinese friends to celebrate the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year. The song will be part of a program highlighting the sharing of American and Chinese cultures and traditions.

The group was formed when Dover neighbors Jody and Chris Engstrom, and Ted and Nancy George, discovered they had adopted Chinese daughters Grace and Lili within a year of each other. Both felt the necessity of incorporating the babies’ birth cultures into their Americanization, so they began searching for others in the community who might be interested in joining them.


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