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Personal Story: “Honoring My Daughter’s Chinese Heritage is a Family Commitment”

Connecting my daughter to her Chinese heritage has made my daughter proud of who she and has benefited our relationship.

by Lee Conrad Kemsley

an adoptive mother's personal essay about her family's commitment to learning Chinese and honoring the culture of their daughter adopted from ChinaSoon after we arrived home with our daughter, we considered the heartfelt pledge we’d made to Chinese officials at the time of adoption, a pledge that our daughter would grow up proud of her Chinese heritage. We live in Vermont, probably the least ethnically diverse state in the country, and keeping our word would not be easy. Mae would look different from almost all the kids around her. I wanted her to embrace that “differentness,” and I felt a deep connection to her birth culture. Perhaps learning (and helping Mae learn) about China would be a way of giving back to a country that had given me such great joy….

 

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