Sunday, February 18, 2007

Chinese New Year on Long Island

My old stomping grounds.

Chinese New Year has extra meaning for growing segment
The lunar new year beginning Sunday is but one of three such celebrations each year for Jayne Hirsch and her daughter, Rebecca.

"There's the American one, the Chinese lunar new year, and the Jewish new year," said Hirsch, 49, a retired computer consultant and single mother. "We celebrate them all."

The triple dose of holidays and cultures fits this Ronkonkoma family. Hirsch, who adopted Rebecca, 7, from a Chinese orphanage in 1999, is raising her as a Chinese-American Jew...

Hirsch draws support from organizations such as Families With Children From China. The nonprofit group's Long Island chapter is expecting about 400 people to attend its March 4 lunar new year celebration at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, with dance and music performances by local student organizations...

In Teresa Baldinucci-Greenberg's Medford home, she serves dumplings and oranges symbolizing good fortune for her family, which includes two girls, Frances, 7, and Phoebe, 4, adopted from China.

"We're adapting our family to the girls' background," said Baldinucci-Greenberg, 43, who learned so much in the adoption process that she now works as an adoption consultant for prospective parents.


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