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Chinese Culture Weekends
Family Mandarin Language Program
American Adventure Culture Camp for Teens
Teen Leadership in China 2-week Program
New OCDF Travel Planning Guidebook
Expat Adoptions
Betty Chandler Lending Libary Update
Orphan Support Projects
Prom and Going to College
A Visit with Chris Lin of Mandy and Pandy
Megan’s Top 10 in Beijing
Books Worth Reading
New OCDF Publications
Holiday Shopping

OCDF New Programs Guide!

2009 Chinese Culture Weekends
We had so much fun last year, we’re going to do it again this year!
New Programs with Authors!
Elmhurst, Illinois (Chicago)
September 18-20, 2009
at Holiday Inn Elmhurst, IL (just 6 miles
from O’Hare International Airport with
shuttle bus!)

Special Author Sessions for Teens and

AND Scrapbooking Fun! Dr. Carol Peacock – Adoption Psycho-
logist and Author of Mommy Far, Mommy Author, Carol Peacock
Special Sessions at book
on Adoption reading.
Come for the day or stay for the week- Near will conduct three TEEN Lifebook Future of Adoption from China
end at Holiday Inns where waterpark Workshops with Lifebook specialist, Adopting an Older Child from China
passes* and breakfast are included Jennifer Demar (only 10 teens per group!) Integrating Special Needs Children into
plus kids 12 and under eat free for Dr. Carol Peacock will also conduct two your Family
lunch and dinner! Book Reading with Game Workshops for  Lifebook Workshops for Adoptive
*if a hotel does not have a waterpark, there kids! (40 kids max. per group) Parents
will be an indoor pool.  Chinese Culture Basics for Adoptive
Kids Helping Kids and Teens Give Back Families
Two sessions for kids/teens to make blankets
 Resources for Chinese Culture and
Preregister EARLY! and dolls for orphanages in China.
Language Learning
See www.ocdf.org for detailed daily Mom’s Give Back
schedules for each event and registration/ Movies for Teens and Parents: The Blood
of Yinzhou District (Academy Award
payment info! winning documentary about children Special Sessions on Homeland Travel &
orphaned when their parents died of AIDS) Living in China:
Questions? and Not One Less – the story of a village girl Returning to China with Your Adopted
Call Lynn or Jane or Maguy at 309-829- who becomes the teacher at age 12. Child and What’s in an Orphanage File?
Meeting Birthparents in China – When
8202 or Toll Free 1-866-460-OCDF
Chinese Traditional Arts and Crafts & a homeland tour becomes a birthfamily
There is NO on-site registration! You reunion
Games for Kids - Inner Bottle Painting, Kite
must pre-book hotel room and pre-register Decorating, Peking Opera Mask and Puppet-  Planning Your Homeland Group or
with OCDF to be included in this event. making, Lantern-making, Fan Painting and Customized Tour
Calligraphy, Finger Puppets and Games Kids How to Live and Work in China
Play in China. Going to School in China as an Adoptee
Hotel room blocks are available at re-
duced rates for OCDF. See www.ocdf.
org for each of these events. Click on the Arts & Crafts! Games kids play in
link for schedule/costs and booking code
for hotels.
Hotel rooms MUST be booked at least
one month in advance or the blocked
rooms will be released back to the hotel!

Preregistration due at least a month in

advance to assure space for your family.
Last minute registrations will only be
taken on a space available basis, but no
less than one week prior to the event.

2010 Schedule is in process. We an-

ticipate going to Alabama, Arkansas, Ari-
zona, Nevada, Utah, Kentucky, Tennesee
and Florida next year. If your FCC
group would like to book a Chinese
Culture Weekend, contact
Jane@ocdf.org. There is NO COST to
your local FCC group to have an event
in your area.
. Copyright OCDF 2009 - Permission to Cite & Reprint Upon Request
Enjoy the company of other families while learning and having fun!
Owatonna, Minnesota Indianapolis, Indiana St. Louis, Missouri
October 16th-18th November 13-15th December 5, 2009
at the Holiday Inn Owatonna, MN at Holiday Inn North Indianapolis, IL Holiday Inn - South County Center
(South of Minneapolis) Note: This is the St. Louis, MO (Nearby St. Louis Airport,
annual Culture Day/Weekend for Special Author Programs for Teens, Kids, shuttle bus)
MN’s FCC group - preregister early! and Parents:
Dr. Carol Peacock – Adoption Psycho- Special Author Programs:
Special Author Programs for Teens, logist and Author of Mommy Far, Mommy Jean MacLeod – Adoption Author/Editor
Kids, and Parents: Near will conduct the TWEEN/TEENS of At Home in this World and Adoption
Jean MacLeod – Adoption Author/Editor Adoption Story Workshops with Parenting (and Adoptive Mom) will
of At Home in this World and Adoption Lifebook specialist, Jennifer Demar. conduct the “TEENS Write & Illustrate
Parenting will conduct the “TEENS Write Carol will conduct two Book Reading their Story” Workshop (for teens),
their Story” Workshops (for teens), with Game Workshops for kids using “Adoption – Parenting Your Tween” (for
“Adoption – Parenting Your Tween” (for Mommy Far, Mommy Near! parents), and “Attachment Therapy: A
parents), “Author Story Time/Workshop Parent’s Guide to Asking Questions” (for
– At Home in This World” (for kids) and Jean MacLeod – Adoption Author/Editor parents).
“Attachment Therapy: A Parent’s Guide of At Home in this World and Adoption
to Asking Questions” (for parents). Parenting will conduct these programs Special Sessions for Teens and Kids:
“Adoption – Parenting Your Tween” (for Kids Helping Kids and Teens Give Back
Special Sessions for Teens and Kids: parents) and “Attachment Therapy: A One session for kids/teens to make blankets
Chinese Traditional Arts and Crafts & Parent’s Guide to Asking Questions” (for and dolls for orphanages in China.
Games for Kids - Inner Bottle Painting, Kite parents).
Decorating, Peking Opera Mask and Puppet- Movie for Teens and Parents: The Blood
making, Lantern-making, Fan Painting and Special Sessions for Teens and Kids: of Yinzhou District (Academy Award
Calligraphy, Finger Puppets, Kingka Kids Helping Kids and Teens Give Back winning documentary about children
Language Game, and Games Kids Play in Sessions for kids/teens to make blankets and orphaned when their parents died of AIDS).
China. dolls for orphanages in China
Chinese Traditional Arts and Crafts &
Kids Helping Kids and Teens Give Back Movies for Tweens/Teens and Parents: Games for Kids: Inner Bottle Painting, Kite
Two sessions for kids/teens to make blankets The Blood of Yinzhou District (Academy Decorating, Peking Opera Mask and Puppet-
and dolls for orphanages in China. Award winning documentary about children making for The Monkey King Story-telling,
orphaned when their parents died of AIDS) Lantern-making, Calligraphy, and Games
and Not One Less – the story of a village girl Kids Play in China.
Movies for Teens and Parents: The Blood
who becomes the teacher at age 12.
of Yinzhou District (Academy Award
Winning Documentary about children Special Sessions on China Adoption
orphaned when their parents died of AIDS) Chinese Traditional Arts and Crafts & Issues:
and Not One Less – the story of a village girl Games for Kids: Inner Bottle Painting, Kite  Forum on the Status of Orphanages
who becomes the teacher at age 12. Decorating, Peking Opera Mask and Puppet- from China with Dr. Jane Liedtke
Special Sessions on Adoption Issues: making, Lantern-making, Fan Painting and
 Resources for Chinese Culture and
Calligraphy, Finger Puppets and Games Kids
Future of Adoption from China Language Learning wth Dr. Jane Liedtke
Play in China.
 Lifebook Workshops for Adoptive
Parents Special Sessions on Homeland Travel &
Special Sessions on Adoption Issues:
 Chinese Culture Basics for Adoptive Living in China:
Future of Adoption from China
Families Returning to China with Your Adopted
 Adopting an Older or Special Needs
Resources for Chinese Culture and Child and What’s in an Orphanage File?
Child from China
Language Learning with Dr. Jane Liedtke
 Lifebook Workshops for Adoptive
Mom’s Give Back Meeting Birthparents in China – When
a homeland tour becomes a birthfamily
Status of Orphanages in China  Chinese Culture Basics for Adoptive
reunion with Dr. Jane Liedtke
Teen Leadership Camp & Tween/Teen
Special Sessions on Homeland Travel &  Resources for Chinese Culture and
and Family Volunteer Programs in China
Living in China: Language Learning
with Dr. Jane Liedtke
Returning to China with Your Adopted Mom’s Give Back
 What’s it like to go to school in China
Child and What’s in an Orphanage File? with Emily Liedtke
Meeting Birthparents in China – When Special Sessions on Homeland Travel &
a homeland tour becomes a birth family Living in China:
reunion! Returning to China with Your Adopted
How to Live and Work in China Child and What’s in an Orphanage File?
Going to School in China as an Adoptee Meeting Birthparents in China – When
a homeland tour becomes a birth family
How to Live and Work in China
We’d like to meet Living in China and Going to School as
an Adoptee
your family!
New! OCDF Family Mandarin Language
Program in Beijing at the Foreign
Language and Culture University
Sun Xiao Bing, called “Bing,” Coordi- Frequently Asked
nator of Language and Culture Programs
and Editor for OCDF Publications, has been
working on our new Family Mandarin Lan- 1. Can my child who is age 5 join this class?
guage Program. Materials are being printed now to provide No, this class is designed at the Foreign Languages
families information about the new program, levels of instruc- and Culture University for older children, teens and
parents who are already able to read well enough to utilize
tion, on-campus and off-campus housing, and costs (full the classroom textbooks. Children ages 6 and under need to be
program or optional ala carte program). monitored outside the classroom by a parent or caregiver.
This program is a mix of intensive Mandarin instruc- OCDF can arrange for a babysitter if you should need one.
tion, local sightseeing, hands-on arts and crafts, weekends Cost per half-day should be around $10.00.
to explore other cities (via optional tours), orphanage visit 2. Does everyone in my family have to participate in the lan-
add-on if so desired, and volunteer possibilities in Beijing. A guage program? No, you can elect to have part of your family
family can really create their own 6-week living experience enrolled in the program and part of your family not, enrolled.
in China. Classes are mornings from 9-noon on campus and See Ala Carte programs and services for such options.
we’ll test you on arrival and place you into one of three levels: 3. Can the adults and children be in different classes depending
Basic (you may know some words but can’t speak in sen- on their language levels? Yes, as long as younger children are
tences beyond saying hello, goodbye, how old are you, etc.), being monitored and assisted in the classroom by an adult en-
rolled in the program.
Advanced Basic (you have had some basic Mandarin or
took weekend courses but need more help with speaking 4. Where is the Foreign Langauage and Culture University Cam-
pus? Like most colleges/universities in Beijing, the campus of
and using the language in normal life), and Intermediate
FLCU is located off of Xueyuan Lu in the Wudaokou area of
(you have had Mandarin instruction regularly, your child Haidian District where there are many other schools, many small
may be in immersion school, or you may come from a family restaurants and groceries catering to students. This is at the north-
that uses Mandarin in daily conversation). For each place- west corner of the city between the 3rd and 4th ring roads.
ment level we will determine which fit is best for kids and
adults. While our goal is to have families together in class, it
may be necessary to place based on language capability
knowing that all classrooms are nearby and breaktimes will
be shared.Teens will be allowed to attend classes without a
parent and older teens may attend the program without a
parent. See brochure for details or www.ocdf.org/camps and
click on Family Mandarin Language Program.
Housing options include dormitory rooms (single and
double) and small apartments (up to three persons) on cam-
pus or off-campus apartments at the University of Interna-
tional Business and Economics with up to 6 persons per
apartment. Hotel housing options will also be available as
will regular serviced apartments off-campus.

Contact OCDF for the 8-page brochure (right):

309-829-8202 or Toll Freee 1-866-460-OCDF.

Brochures: Lynn@ocdf.org

Questions? Email Bing@ocdf.org

Group Programs: Email Jane@ocdf.org

Download info from www.ocdf.org/camps

Let real life in China be your
5. Has OCDF offered language and culture programs before? and if she needs to talk with you by phone, she can call you. You
Yes, we have (see photos in brochure). In 2004 we began offering can also call our US OCDF Office and ask for Lynn or Jane 309-
Live and Learn in China Language and Culture Program and 829-8202. And, you are always welcome to email Jane@ocdf.org
Artisans and Crafts Program, both in Beijing. While people liked with any questions you may have.
these two-week programs, they were not intensive enough as
language learning experiences so we decided to expand to a 6- 14. What if I want to bring an entire group? That’s ok - happy to
week program and selected FLCU as the site for our new option. assist you. Please email Jane@ocdf.org or call Jane at 309-829-
8202 to discuss the details and arrange a suitable program.
6. Who has attended these programs in the past? Participants in
our language and culture programs have included adoptive fami- 15. How will the level of classes be determined? At the time of
lies with children from China, first and second generation Chi- arrival (Day 1 in class), there will be some testing and placement
nese-American families, and students/families from immersion of students by levels. We will see if you or your child are a “pure
school programs. beginner” - knowing no Mandarin or only knowing a few words
(that will be the B level). If you know words but can’t put those
7. What are the dormitories and apartments like? The facilities at words into sentences, that will be an Advanced Beginner (AB). If
FLCU are designed for students from abroad so they are much you can read/write some Chinese and speak some simple sen-
like dormitories and campus apartments would be at your nearby tences but are stuck and can’t progress, that will be an Intermedi-
institution of higher education. There are single and double dorm ate level. Our focus will be on having everyone learn how to
rooms with western bathrooms and apartments that offer a west- speak Mandarin in sentences. And, while there will be reading
ern bathroom and kitchen in addition to sleeping rooms. They and writing of Chinese characters (simplified Chinese), this will
will not be posh but they will be clean, air conditioned, and safe not be the emphasis. This 6 weeks is designed to get you out and
campus locations. There re coin-operated laundry facilities. about as a functional speaker of Mandarin where you can inte-
grate into Beijing and enjoy using the language. This program is
8. Are there recreational facilities on campus? Yes, as a student at not designed to be a rigid scholarly immersion but a practical
FLCU, you will have access to the sports complex with swim- immersion into learning the language in a way that you can use
ming pool, park areas, as well as public spaces on campus. it daily. While we trust that everyone will progress and be mo-
9. What other resources are there for us on campus? In addition tivated to continue learning more Mandarin as a result of the
to the library and bookstore, there are social activities on campus. program, this program is really focued on using the language.
OCDF will also be providing evening events and cultural pro- Most students studying outside of China have the challenge of
grams as part of your language and culture experience. During practicing the language and using it in order to progress. In this
your free time you can not only explore the Haidian District of program Beijing will be your language lab. There will be no
Beijing but the entire city with easy access to public transporta- need for tapes and studying, only the need to go out your door
tion (subway lines and city train lines) from nearby campus. and USE your Mandarin skills daily. The amount you gain really
depends on your own efforts both inside and outside of the
10. What if we need help or have an emergency? OCDF is on-call classroom.
24/7 for our clients in case of medical emergency or other needs.
Depending on the number of families/groups on campus for 16. How will we practice speaking? Ordering food, buying gro-
this program, we will set the number of OCDF staff working ceries, sightseeing (your guide will deliver the sightseeing in-
with participants accordingly. Our staff will always assist you formation first in Mandarin, then in English), arts and crafts
such as Sun Xiao Bing - Coordinator of the Mandarin Language programs with artisans who do not speak English, interacting
and Culture Program and your OCDF China Tours guide for with and meeting local people, using public transportation, etc.
sightseeing and cultural programs. 17. What will the books be like? The instructional materials will
11. Can teens enroll without their parents? We prefer that teens have English, pinyin, and simplified characters.
be supervised while on the campus but they may take the lan- 18. My child’s a picky eater. Are there any western restaurants
guage and culture programs without their parents attending with nearby? You’re in luck! In addition to MacDonalds and KFC, you
them. Students 18 and older may attend on their own. We will will find Grandma’s Kitchen, a mexican restaurant, places with
not have a residential staff member unless we have suitable pizza, etc. Remember, you still need to try Chinese food and
number of persons requiring such assistance. Should a family practice your language skills!
wish to enroll their teen for this 6-week program, we will then
work with the group to assign staff and have someone on-site 19. What do we need to bring with us? We will post to our
for supervision. Each dormitory does have personnel on-site 24 website www.ocdf.org/camps a listing of items you might find
hours a day. useful if you are staying in the dormitory versus staying in an
apartment. While both are furnished and have linens, you may
12. Can we stay off campus and just sign up for the Mandarin find you will need some utensils and other items to make cook-
Language and Culture portion of the program? Yes, see Ala Carte ing/eating in the room easier. And by the way, there are cook-
options. Be sure you know the distance to campus and account for it ing facilities for those living in the dormitories as well (shared
when booking hotels, the homes of relatives, or other housing kitchen). You will need normal summer weather clothing, sun-
options so you can be on time for class given the traffic in Beijing. If screen, toiletries, basic school supplies, comfortable shoes. See
you need assistance in booking hotel rooms, please let Jenny@ocdf. packing list for OCDF China Tours AND visit www.ocdf.org/
org know as we have contracts with most of the hotels in Beijing tours for information about pre-trip medical preparation (vacci-
and may be able to save you on your hotel costs. Also, we do have nations, medications, etc.).
a contract for dormitory rooms and apartments in Yayuncun at the
University of International Business and Economics, close to the 20. Should we get Typhoid shots and Malaria medications? No,
2008 Olympics venues. Contact Steven@ocdf.org if you wish to live they are not needed but we do recommend Hepatitis ! & B vacci-
on that campus and commute to FLCU. nations well in advance of your trip. It is important to review
the medical and travel information on www.ocdf.org/tours
13. Who do I talk with if I have questions? Please email Sun Xiao website, especially if you have allergies and any medical needs
Bing - we call her Bing. Bing@ocdf.org is her email. Start there so we can assist you properly.
New! American Culture Summer Camp
Program in the USA for Teens from China
and Teen Adoptees from China
The focus of this teen summer program is 2.81 Teens from China (Foreign citizens
on understanding and experiencing or Chinese citizens) attending Interna-
American Culture through visits to the key tional Schools and Public/Private Chi-
historical and cultural sights in the north- nese Schools in Beijing, Tianjin, Shang-
east region and through an adventurous hai, and other regions within China
camp program for teens. This program with teens adopted from China liv-
will bring together kids from China with ing outside of China (residing in the
teens adopted from China! US, Canada, UK, Europe, Scandinavia,
Adoptees from China have the choice of joining week Australia).
#1 only, week #2 only, or a combination such as weeks 1 &
2, weeks 2 & 3, or all 3 weeks! <;&71 12-16, girls and boys.
OCDF staff member, Tony Zheng (photo inset), will
be one of two Maine-based counselors (one male and one ,-.&/+0&$ 8E$ <-*6>6*6&71$ For a day
female) for the summer program hadnling weeks #2 and by day schedule of activities, please see
#3. OCDF’s Teen programs are all coordinated by Wesley www.ocdf.org/camps or contact Wesley
Smith from the Beijing Office of OCDF (see new staff intro Smith, Director of Teen Programs in the
on page 30). Likewise, a bilingual OCDF staff member will Beijing Office of OCDF. Wesley@ocdf.org
coordinate the week #1 program for all groups and accom- or 010-8403-4979 for a copy by fax, email,
pany the groups from Washington DC through NYC por- or mail. For brochures, please contact
tion of the program. Lynn@ocdf.org.
!"#"$ %&'()*+)&$ ,-.&/+0&1
,-.&/+0&1$$ See www.ocdf.org/camps
2&&3$ 4# Weekly programs from mid-June thru mid-August with 8 op-
567*8)6-$ '9/$ :+0*+)'0$ ,6;.*7&&69; tions to join in!
Washington DC - Capital, Smithsonian Institute, US Mint
Colonial Williamsburg & Busch Gardens
Philadelphia - Liberty Bell and Lancaster Amish Farm
New York City - UN, Statue of Liberty, Broadway

2&&3$ 4!
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Lobster Boating and Cookout
Boating, Swimming, and Watersports on a Lake & Pool
Hiking at Acadia National Park
Wildnerness Adventure Program
Performing Arts & Music, Amazing Crafts with Glass

2&&3$ 4C
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Stay one additional week longer at camp and return home
having experienced an amazing Teen Leadership program
at HVC’s new facility - Blodgett House. Discover new ways
to be eco-conscious, community-focused, and team
engaged. Experience new activities and adventures living
with teens committed to making a difference in their world.
Goals: Develop skills in self-sufficienty, leadership, and com-
munity service at home, in school, and in any work-related activ-
ity. The Environments: Live in a restored farmhouse on 17
acres of woods and fields, prepare your own meals, spend time in
three environments - your micro community, the camp (Hidden
Valley Camp), and the neighborhing Maine towns.

Teens can now enjoy one week, two weeks,
or three weeks with kids who live in China!

and visa applications are not included in the program fee.

<((06-'*689$ I)8-&771 An application form available

from www.ocdf.org/camps will collect teen and family con-
F)8+($,6G&1$Each group will have 20-30 Teens + counse- tact data. Application deadline is February 1, 2010. We
lors (some groups will have teacher/adults accompanying suggest you apply before the holiday break to assure space
from China). for your teen in the program. A non-refundable application
fee of $200.00 US is due at the time of application. This fee
H7-8)*71 OCDF China Tours will provide their bilingual will be applied to the cost of the program for students who
staff (English/Chinese speaking) as escorts to accompany meet the requirements for enrollment. Deposit payment of
teens throughout the program. In addition, Hidden Valley 50% due on February 1st. Final payment/balance due on
Camp will provide camp counselors for the Maine Adven- March 1st.
ture Program and Teen Leadership Program. All staff are
First Aid and CPR trained and certified and have many years F&9&)'0$ L&M+6)&=&9*71
of family travel experience. All staff pass extensive screen- 1. Valid passport for non-US citizens (photocopy of pass-
ing and security checks. port due at time of application). Qualifies for tourist Visa to
,-.880$H7-8)*71$FCC/China adoption support groups the USA if non-US citizen. OCDF Academic Connections
or Chinese immersion schools who book an entire 2-week will assist Chinese travelers and those students from coun-
program (20 persons minimum) will receive 2 adults as es- tries needing a Visa for travel to the USA.
corts at no cost. Parents wishing to join the group may con- 2. Currently enrolled in lower or upper middle school/high
tact us and if there is room in the program, we will school and in good academic status (grade reports and school
accomodate them and quote their program costs. Contact: status will be requested). Report from the teen’s school indi-
Jane@ocdf.org for more information. cating any disciplinary actions or problems in the school
will disqualify a student from participating.
I)8;)'=$ :87*71$
:87*71$The complete program costs will be 3. Agrees to conform to the no-smoking, no-alcohol, no drug*
posted to our website by the end of August www.ocdf.org/ use policy of OCDF and Hidden Valley Camp. *Prescription
camps - click on American Culture Summer Camp. If you medications are the exception with doctor’s written direc-
would like a written copy, please contact the US OCDF Of- tions for use.
fice at 309-829-8202 or Toll Free 1-866-460-OCDF or the
Beijing Office at 8610-8403-4979. Email: Lynn@ocdf.org or F&9&)'0$ I)8;)'=$ '9/$ <((06-'*689$ J9E8)='*6891
Wesley@ocdf.org for cost sheet. Go online for our forms, schedule and itinerary, program
costs and payment deadlines, visa information, packing list,
I)8;)'=$J9-0+/&71$Daily transportation, lodging, laun-
meeting schedule): www.ocdf.org/camps. We encourage par-
dry, meals, entertainment and program fees, and staffing/
ticipants to apply early as space is limited in each group.
escorts will all be included in the program fee. Participants
Please note we will fill each group from the beginning of the
will only need to bring with them some spending money for
summer to the end of the summer in order. If you have chil-
snacks, beverages, and gifts. International airfare is included
dren who will travel with friends, it is important to indicate
for those departing from China. All others will need to ar-
on the registration forms that they will be traveling together.
range their transportation to join the program (international
or domestic airfare/car to Washington, DC or Portland, N);'96G&)71 This program was developed by OCDF China
Maine or directly to camp in Freedom, Maine - see options Tours (www.ocdf.org/tours) and OCDF Academic Connec-
on the program cost sheet for bus pickup for week #2 from tions (www.ocdf.org/academicconnections) in conjunction
various Northeast locations). If you have questions, don’t with Hidden Valley Camp, an international camp in Maine
hesitate to let us know. For international participants, please with amazing teen programs owned and coordinated by Peter
be sure your medical insurance will cover your teen while in Kassen and spouse Meg. They are parents to two daughters
the USA. If it does not, let us know and we will arrange adopted from China. Hidden Valley Camp is one of only
insurance through IMG as we will do for our Chinese teens. two summer camps featured in the “Exceptional Programs,
This cost is listed on the program cost sheet as well under Ventures, Voyages For Your Child” chapter of a new book
supplemental insurance. entitled “Kids Who Think Outside The Box” by Stephanie
Lerner and published by the American Management Asso-
I'77(8)*$'9/$A67'$K&&71 It is the responsibility of the
ciation. Lerner suggests that Hidden Valley has all the key
individual participant’s family to obtain a valid passport
components for contemporary kids to achieve their best. We
for their country of citizenship. We will provide a program
at OCDF are happy to be working with Peter and Meg on
invitation letter and assistance for those applying for the US
this global teen project!
travel visa. All fees associated with passports applications

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New! Two-week Teen Leadership
Summer Camp Program in China
Program Length: 2- weeks (revised from former 3-week domestic travel insurance,
program) luggage handling at hotels, all
tips & gratuities for guides/
Time of Year: Summer Break and Winter Break drivers, teen program materials
keyed to itinerary, crafts, luggage
Target: Ages 12 and up (individual enrollment) We wish tags, name tags, and t-shirts.
to have a minimum of 10 persons in a group so when individuals International airfare, passport,
enroll we will let you know if the group is large enough for the and Chinese Visa are NOT
program to be a “go” for that date. If you can let others know so included.
that the group size is 10 and up, we would appreciate that help!
Program also includes:
Location: Beijing and Inner Mongolia (summer) & Beijing
and Harbin (winter)  Hiking the Great Wall at Simatai
 Team activities with orphanage volunteering
Housing: 3-4-star Hotels
 Meeting with orphan care leaders in China
Focus: The OCDF China Tours Teen Leadership Program
 Chinese hair/makeup/clothes styling for teens with
is designed to meld Chinese culture experiences, sightseeing, professional photo-shoot
volunteering, and exploring where teens are able to work
together as a team to fulfill the needs of an orphan-support  Hands-on projects with artisans in their studios
sight. Daily language tips are included but language  3-day train trip to Inner Mongolia for Nadaam Festival
learning is not the main focus – engaging with daily life in ~ includes staying in a yurt on the grasslands at Hohot
China is the primary focus. This program includes a trip to and desert at Baotou (summer) or Harbin for the Ice
Inner Mongolia (for summer groups) and Harbin (for winter Festival ~ includes visiting the ice sculptures and the
groups). northeast Tiger nature preserve (winter)

Note: Parents typically do not participate in this program  Outings and visits to 2008 Olympic venues
but could elect a customized parent program during the  Music/dance performances
same time-frame if they wish to be in Beijing at the same
time. Group leaders and chaperone positions for each group  Great Hall of the People with visits to each adoptee’s
Provincial meeting room.
will be by application to OCDF and based on the size of the
group.  Supervised by OCDF Staff 24 hours a day!

Customized Groups: OCDF arranges customized Teen Itinerary: The complete itinerary can be downloaded from
Leadership Groups for teens from the same area, school, or www.ocdf.org/tours and www.ocdf.org/camps.
FCC group. For more information contact Jane@ocdf.org.
Registration/Payment Deadlines:
What is this program like? The Teen Leadership Summer Program: Register by mail by March 1st. Final
Program is a two-week residential program for teens adopted payment due by April 1st.
from China and their siblings in grades 7-12 (ages 12-18), Winter Program: Register by mail by September 1st. Final
focusing on leadership development, image-building, self- payment due by October 1st.
confidence, community service, and connecting to people
in China. There will be small group leadership projects,
including volunteering on-site at an orphan care locations
in the Beijing area. Participants will experience a homestay
weekend with a Chinese family in Beijing!

Cost per teen participant: $2,400.00

Includes: Airport transfers, hotels, guesthouse/homestay
as per itinerary, breakfast daily, lunch and dinner meals as
specified on itinerary, all inclusive tour program,
sightseeing and entrance fees, bilingual guides and escorts,
experienced professional staff, domestic transportation,

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New! China Travel Planning Guidebook
and Mini-CDRom for your Computer!

Obtain your copy of our new OCDF Travel Planning Guidebook from the US
Office: Lynn@ocdf.org or call 309-829-8202 or Toll Free: 1-866-460-OCDF
Open-enrollment Group Tours Volunteer China Programs
Customized Group Tours Orphanage Volunteer Options
Individual Family Travel Mandarin Language Instruction
Teen Leadership Programs School and College Programs
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a team of professionals to
provide the best quality homeland tour programs available!
OCDF Adoption Update

Michael Li continues to serve as Director of OCDF Adop-

tions from our Beijing Office. He is also the Coordinator of
OCDF Volunteer China programs. Both Michael Li and
Mable Meng, Director of Orphan Support Projects, facili-
tate adoptions for the many families in-process with dos-
siers sent to China in 2007-2008. The agencies we worked
with via the consortium did not get Hague Accreditation
but we remain on hand for those families to do their adoption processing
once they have referrals and travel approval.
As adoptions from China have slowed for all agencies, includ-
ing those families we have “waiting” for some time, expat adoptions
from China have increased in number (though still suffering from the
same delays as their counterparts waiting from their home country).
OCDF is stepping up our efforts to increase services to expats
(those living in China wishing to adopt) and shifting resources
to this effort. Our social worker, Karen Friedman,
continues busily doing homestudies for interested
Only eight countries may adopt as expats liv-
ing and working in China. They include the following:
USA, UK, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands,
Sweden, Spain, and France. New OCDF Adoption ma-
terials have been prepared in all languages to assist
families in their decision to adopt and the adoption pro-
cess while living abroad. If you know of an expat family
living and working in China, don’t hesitate to let them
know we’re able to assist them with their adoption pro-
cess, homestudy, and facilitation of adoption. Contact
Michael@ocdf.org for more information. Or call: 0011-
The process of expat adoption is similar to any
international adoption from China except that applicants
must reside in China for one full year prior to submitting the dossier to
CCAA. The travel cost is lower since the family is already in-country. Each country has
their own procedures for it’s citizens and Michael can assist with that process. We have
translators/interpreters for those not speaking English.
Information meetings will be held in various locations - Embassies, International
Schools, Social Clubs, and Housing Developments to provide information to families desiring
to adopt while living in China. For the schedule contact Michael@ocdf.org for more information.
Or call: 0011-8610-8403-4979. Schedule will also be posted to our website: www.ocdf.org/

For copies of these multi-lingual materials, please contact Michael@ocdf.org or Sunny@ocdf.or

in our Beijing Office.

Adoptions in total from China?Estimates:

US 70,000 UK 1,000 Ireland 300
Spain 14,500 Denmark 1,000 Iceland 100
Canada 10,000 France 1,000 Other countries:
Netherlands 5,000 Belgium 1,000 New Zealand
Sweden 3,000 Finland 700 Singapore
Norway 2,000 Australia 700 Coming soon, Italy!
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New Arrivals in the Betty Chandler
Lending Library at OCDF
The Betty Chandler Lending Library is a place Star of the Week-A Story of Love, Adoption, and
where adoptive families can come with their Brownies with Sprinkles, by Darlene Friedman,
children and learn more about adoption, adoption donated by the author..
from China, and Chinese culture. We have many
It’s Cassidy-Li’s turn to be Star of the Week at
books donated by their authors and by adoptive
school, so she’s making brownies and collecting
families who no longer need them in their home and
photos for her poster. She has pictures of all the
have generously shared their collection with us. It’s
important people in her life—with one big exception.
a special place within the Chinese Culture Learning
Cassidy-Li, adopted from China when she was a
baby, doesn’t have a photo of her birthparents. But
Thank you to those authors who generously with a little help from her family, she comes up with
donated books recently. We hope you will support the perfect way to include them.
them by seeking these books out in your locale or
Maya’s Journey Home, by Susan Lindsley and Tina
online. If you live in the Central Illinois area, please
Christiansen, donated by Susan Lindsley.
feel free to come and check-out our books. Jenny
Snyder is our OCDF Librarian and she’d be happy This story, told from the perspective of a young
to assist you. panda who is full of questions, focuses on love and
family. This sweet book tells the tale of how two little
If you have books you’d like to donate to the
pandas in a Chinese orphanage find their forever
lending library, please mail to OCDF, 109 West
Monroe St., Bloomington, IL 61701. Thanks!
The Dragon’s Daughters Return, by Virginia
Our Blessings from China, edited by D.L. Fuller;
Cornue, donated by the author.
donated by Susan Morgan.
A heart-warming account of 21 families who
This book is an anthology of 9 authors from
return to China with their adopted daughters as part
across the United States , all of whom have adopted
of a heritage tour. This book is an excellent teaching
children from China . Each story is a personal
tool to prepare children and adults for what they
account of adoptive parents’ journeys to form a
might expect to see on a visit to China. Each page
family via international and cross-cultural adoption.
offers bite-size bits of information about Chinese
A photo is included at the beginning of each story,
culture, symbolism,
which helps form a connection with that family.
language and history. It has
This easy to read paperback is for anyone who beautiful artwork and true-
is touched by adoption, curious about adoption from to-life photographs, plus a
China in particular, or considering an international narrative that is
adoption. informative, well-planned
and educational.
Adoption Conversations—What, When and How
to Tell, by Renee’ Wolfs, donated by the author. Our lending library is
named for Betty Chandler.
“When shall I begin to discuss the adoption?”
She was an avid reader
“What do I do if my child becomes angry and says
and shared her book
that we are not his real parents?”
collection with anyone
This in-depth practical guide explores the who stopped by her Beijing apartment. Her love of
questions adopted children are likely to ask, with books and people made it possible for many to learn
suggestions for helpful explanations and answers. about China and her experiences there from 1936
Some topics the book considers are: how and when until 2006 when she passed away. Both Jane Liedtke
to tell your child’s adoption story, common fears, and Virginia Cornue (author above) have counted
talking about painful events, and more. It will help themselves amongst the fortunate to have known
you be well equipped to communicate difficult issues. her as a neighbor and dear friend. (Photo with Betty
in her OCDF T-shirt)

Order Mooncakes for Caregivers, Foster
Families, and Waiting Children

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OCDF Orphan Support Projects - Update

Xuanhua Orphanage
Building on Dreams
Left at the “orphanage
gate” was this newborn (2 weeks
old in the photos - right). Born
without an anus, the local doctors
could not perform the surgery.
When we visited in July we trans-
ported her to Beijing for surgery.
Within a week she was doing just fine. She was
released from the hospital on July 20th and taken
to Hope Foster Home for medically
supervsed care. Once her
health improves she will
return and hopefully be
adopted. Her name is Ren
Among the 11 chil-
dren now at the Xuanhua Or-
phanage is this boy, 4 years
old, with Downs Syndrome.
He’s a bouncing and active
boy capable of a good life if
adopted by the right family.
This summer-fall efforts will be
made to have the local civil af-
fairs office process the children
who can join waiting lists and
special needs lists for adoption
domestically and internationally.
Far right, three of the original
5 children taken in by Mrs. Ren and her husband
will spend two days getting the large facility back
prior to the orphanage being built. Now 17, 12,
in shape. In this past year the local government
and 10, the three children attend local public
put a road right through the front of the orphan-
school via sponsorships and each take violin
age building and garden area causing two rooms
to be lost from the original family home and half
One of the original five children has mar- of the garden and yard area destroyed. It will take
ried and moved away. The older boy (who is now some real work effort to revive the garden and
19) is living in foster care. Several of the children clean up from the construction dust/dirt of the
from the Xuanhua facility are in foster care with highway 50 feet from the orphanage. The entire
local Catholic families. neighborhood changed so much that we would
In the last year the facility has not been have never found the place had it not been for a
maintained adequately due to lack of volutneers. mural painted on a wall that is now exposed to
This summer a large group of volunteers (20)from the outside (once an inside wall).
FCCNW in the Seattle region - teens and parents,
OCDF Orphan Support Projects - Update

Backpacks for Aids Orphans Your projects and donations to

in Henan orphanages:
Fischler Family sponsored Yu
Backpacks continue to Lei at the Xinyu Orphanage
be needed for children to go to school
living in orphanages
due to their parents dy-
ing of HIV/Aids.
School will soon being
(September 1st) and
children living in rural foster care do not have the ability to
get those things that help make their school lives successful.
You can help - collect backpacks and school supplies and
mail to:
OCDF Orphan Support
199 Chaoyangmennei
Richland Court Room 105 Criezis Family do-
Beijing 100010 China nated a washing ma-
chine to Jiujiang SWI.
Or, fundraise and send the money to OCDF and we’ll
buy the supplies/backpacks in Beijing and send to the chil-
dren in Henan. Please do not send backpacks to the US Of-
fice of OCDF as we do not have adequate storage for them
and we need them to go to China for the children to receive
them as soon as is possible.

Items needed in their backpacks: backpack, pencil case, pen-

cils, pencil sharpener, eraser, pens, whiteout, markers, paints and
brushes, crayons, paper, notebooks, calculator, compass, ruler, Webb Family visit
jump rope, jianzi, water bottle, chopsticks and spoon, binder, to Xian Orphan-
harmonica, and dictionary (Chinese). age where they donated clothing.

Coal for Kids Bartik Family

The number is never small - donation of
$30,000! That’s the number formula
it takes to buy sufficient
coal for 6 orphanages to
heat 24-hours a day
plays her
throughout the winter.
new guitar.
Anything less means it’s
going to be cold indoors
as children sleep.
Donations to
non-profit organiza- Wargo Family gives
tions have dropped in the past year - globally. This a bike to Huang
program is no exception. Still, we must provide the Wenli whom they
heating - we can’t stop just because of a bad economy. sponsor.

Please Fundraise NOW!

Preadoption gift
from the Gael
Nicole’s Family
to Henyang
SWI’s Cen Si Ya.

Emma Stewart raised $700 for

the Fenyi Orphanage
Risser Family donation of clothing to the Printer and FAX donation
Datong Orphanage AND
School Sponsorship!

Smith Family hot

water heater
donation to
Chenzhou 1 SWI

Duiett Family donations to

Jianxin SWI

Tolan Family clothing donations to

Chengdu SWI
McDonough Family donation of washers to
Evans Family dona- Changde SWI
tion of fans to Dawu

White Family Donation of AC to YiYang SWI

Prom & Going to College ~ Growing Up!
It’s tough on parents!
Molly Feazel-Orr and Maria House have a lot about the big hole that’s coming in our lives. She’ll
in common but they don’t know each other. be back for Christmas, and summers and stuff.
But Molly probably won’t ever live here fulltime
They have grown up in different homes, gone
anymore. And she’s our first to do that.
to separate high schools, and live in different
places. What they have in common are at least I don’t think it’s any different because Molly came
four things: they were both adopted from to our family a different way. It’s our girl. Going
China, they attended their Senior Prom in 1,000 miles away. For months. There are
Spring before graduating from High School, cellphones, and videocams for the computer, and
instant messaging and texting and Facebook.
they will soon leave home for college to discover
We’ll probably be in touch almost every day. But
the world, and their adoptive parents will miss she won’t come stomping down early in the
them dearly! Two parents reflect on this... morning, rummaging through the refrigerator for
pasta or leftover baked potatoes for breakfast.
From Mike Feazel (Molly’s Dad): There won’t be the daily fights with her sister. Or
About a dozen years ago, shortly after we moved her brother. There won’t be the silliness and the
here, Molly (Changsha, Hunan) and her sister fart jokes. Food bills will get infinitely smaller
oohed and aahed as a stretch limo pulled up to and the house will seem a lot bigger.
pick up the girl next door for her senior prom.
This year it was Molly’s turn, and the girls across There’ll be a hole. And the prom is just the very
the street oohed and aahed. Thus the tradition first part of it. This wasn’t part of what you were
perpetuates itself. thinking of the first time you went to China. But
it’s part of it.
Actually, the prom itself wasn’t
that big of a deal for us. It was From Molly about Prom:
Molly’s second prom, and she Putting a group of 20 couples
had gone to a half dozen together, going to about 4
homecomings and other different shopping malls to
dressup affairs. But it was the find the perfect dress, and
first time for the stretch limo (a making dinner reservations at
16-seat Hummer, of all non-PC a time that fit to every ones
things). Still, she looked needs all seemed to be worth
particularly gorgeous. And it once I saw the white
she wouldn’t be doing it again hummer limo pull up to my
next year. house.

For us, the focus really isn’t on The theme of my prom was, ‘
prom. It’s on the fact that in just tonight never dies’, and that
a few short months, weeks was for sure, it was a night I
really, Molly will be going will never forget. I feel prom
1,000 miles away to college. was not only great because it
We’re already thinking about marked the ending of the year
setting up checking accounts, but because it was a time all
organ-izing doctors, and of my friends from the 4 years
making lists of things to take. could get together and dress
And we’re starting to think up nice one last time.
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From Mary House (Maria’s Mom):
I am looking at the 200+ pics of Maria
(Jinzhou, Hubei) and friends at her prom
and graduation. I am remembering that
she once told me in all earnestness about
her school life in China. “They didn’t
exactly hate me. But I was the one they
liked the least.” Living well is the best

Around here anyway, boys don’t just ask

a girl to the prom. They have to DO
something to ask. Like hide it in a fortune
cookie. So Maria goes to a White Sox game
with a bunch of boys. They are sitting in
their seats in the rain waiting for game time.
All at once, one boy says “Mia! Look at the
screen!!!” There it was - up on the
jumbotron: “MIA PROM? PAT”

According to her mom: “The wonderful Maria

(Mia) House, age 18, has a big fat scholarship
to the Illinois Institute of Technology where she
will major in Biomedical Engineering. She is
pretty sure she will continue on to medical
school. Maria is committed to helping others
and improving the world. I don’t have a doubt she will Maria joins her older biological brother,
carry through!” Michael House (Jinzhou, Hubei), at Illinois
Institute of Technology where he has
Looking to the future - changing the world, making a scholarship for Computer Science. Michael
difference, and living the American dream has become a part wrote an impressive essay for his
of the adoptee experience as China adoptees leave home and admission to IIT where he described, when
enter college, careers, and the world of work. Children adopted asked what person or event caused him to
in the early 90’s or adopted as waiting children are now be the what he is today, his early life as a
finishing their high school years - entering new pahses of their child living in the Jinzhou Social Welfare
lives and creating new experiences for their adoptive parents. Institute.

A Visit with
Chris Lin: Author
of Mandy and
Mandy and Pandy is an exciting series of twelve
educational children’s books, teaching parents
and their children to speak Chinese starting with
Mandy and Pandy Say “Ni Hao Ma?” and Mandy
and Pandy Play “Let’s Count.” These two
wonderful books not only include an
accompanying CD, they also display Chinese
characters as well as pin yin phonetics, which help
the reader pronounce the Chinese characters.

Author and creator Chris Lin says he sees the

importance of learning Chinese as a good
foundation for the future so that now more than
ever all have a reason to learn a little bit of
Chinese. Chris’s daughter, Mandy, was adopted
from China about 4 years ago. He developed
Mandy & Pandy books as a way for him to teach
his daughter about her own culture and language.

“Mandy and Pandy look forward to helping teach Author Chris Lin stoped by the
Chinese to children and those who are young in
their hearts,” said Chris Lin. “Our year is full of OCDF Chinese Culture Learning
appearances across the country and we are Center for a Mandy and Pandy
always excited to be in the Chicago area as we
continue on our journey.” Program!
Mandy and Pandy books and CDs are
available from OCDF - call 1-866-460-
OCDF toll free!

A big thanks to Chris Lin for coming by

and sharing his approach to language
learning with Central Illinois kids
adopted from China. A big thanks to
the Muzzy and Warren families for
joining in the event. And, for dressing
up as Pandy, Chrisine Roth, our ISU
intern deserves much thanks!

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Megan’s Top 10 List -
Like David Letterman, everyone who lives in shut down by the health
Beijing has their “top ten” list, whether it’s what to see department about 4 grease-
or do there, best restaurants, where to shop, things you stained woks ago, and
like or don’t like about living in China, or how people playing a pickup game of
perceive you as you live in China. We asked Megan badminton with a 50-year-
Zaroda (Project Manager for OCDF for 2 years in old man with his shirt tucked
Beijing) to give us her “Top Ten”... under his armpits.

Top 10 Reasons Why People Don’t Necessarily 3. You had your first successful 3-hour dinner
Believe that Beijing Constitutes Living in the conversation with a group of people from around
“Real World” the world whose only common language was
by Megan Zaroda Chinese. Only 3 months into your stay in China.

10. In your early 20s, you had a maid, weekly 2. You sipped wine at a rooftop bar overlooking
massages and manicures, and a personal tailor. the Forbidden City during the Opening
Yet you rode a squeaky bicycle to work and Ceremonies for the Olympics and saw each of the
cringed at the thought of paying more than $1 for footprint fireworks explode from Tiananmen to
lunch. Livin’ the dream… the Bird’s Nest.

9. You could single-handedly supply all the 1. You scaled an unrestored section of the Great
jewelry shops on the US east coast with pearls Wall at sunset, and were dwarfed not only by its
from your personal collection. size, but in the knowledge that, at that moment,
you were the only person on the Wall.
8. Yak steak with truffle sauce. Peking Duck.
Herb-steamed langoustines. Enough said. Living in China is for adventures - special times
and amazing experiences. Megan took to the streets and
7. You posed for many a Chinese family photo soaked it up. I’m sure she’ll be back to China in short
holding someone’s baby because the family order. It’s pretty easy to get “hooked” on the uniqueness
mistook you to be Shawn Johnson, Kiera in such a city as Beijing.
Knightley, or <insert name here> for any short, As adoptive families consider whether or not to
white celebrity with brown hair. live in China, one suggestion I will offer you - whether
or not you think YOU are a risk taker.... Megan was
6. You squatted with the Olympic stadium NOT a risk taker when she arrived in Beijing two years
construction workers at lunchtime talking about ago. The city overwhelmed her, the change from college
why Yao Ming is too dang tall to actually be human. student in a dorm to finding an apartment in the big
city and to learning Chinese - they were challenges.
5. You bungee jumped for $15 with nothing but But, about a month into her stay she jumped out into
a Velcro strap holding your ankles, ATVed in the the world and made Beijing her home. That’s exactly
desert during a record sandstorm, and habitually what you have to do if you are going to really benefit
cross 8 lanes of traffic without thinking twice. And from living in China. You just have to get over any
you don’t consider yourself a risk-taker. fears you may have and “go for it.” Luckily she did and
amazing experiences she had. The list of 1,000 things
4. Your idea of an excellent weekend afternoon Megan didn’t include were just as exciting as her Top
is riding a bicycle through dusty alleys, eating Ten!
street snacks from vendors that should have been Jane

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Books Worth Reading
Shanghai Girls Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Lisa See by Grace Lin
This novel opens in As Minli journeys to
1937 China where sisters find Never Ending Moun-
Pearl and May work as tain, the home of Old Man
models. Their father of the Moon, she is joined
forces them to marry two by a flightless dragon who
brothers from LA so he can has lived for years upon
pay off his gambling years in the forest, hiding
debts. The story follows and alone. Along the way,
the emotional journey as Minli meets and hears the
the women leave their fortunes of the very rich and
glamorous lives in Shanghai behind on their trip the very poor until she
to a new life in the U.S. Once there they struggle learns an important lesson about herself, her
to assimilate into Los Angeles and Chinatown. family, and their fortune.
About every other chapter, there is a
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven Chinese fairy tale told by one of the characters
by Susan Jane Gilman (never Minli though). Each one of these stories
Though this book are interwoven with each other like the tangled
has met mixed strings of Fortune that Old Man of the Moon ties
reviews, the patient to the figures on the earth.
reader will be re- There are many good “teachable moments”
warded with a memior in the story from each encounter than Minli has
that looks back on the in her journey and enough food for thought that
post-college China adults who read it will come away satiated.
jaunt that Gilman took Review by Jane Litte “Jane at DearAuthor.Com”
in the 80s when China
had just begun to let in
independent travelers. In the Chinese News:
You’ll laugh and Curbing Birth Defects
cringe at the cultural China will soon launch a new health pro-
faux pas and also learn gram to provide free folic acid suppplements for
along the way! 12 million rural women of childbearing age, the
ministry of Health announced on June 18th. Suf-
Lucky Girl ficient folic acid levels in mothers help prevent
by Mei-Ling Hopgood birth defects in newborns.
Hopgood’s memoir The program will cost the Central Govern-
explores the author’s expe- ment 160 million yuan ($23.5 million USD) in 2009.
rience as an adoptee as she China, particularly the rural areas, has high num-
discovers the deep dark se- bers of various birth deformities, which afflict
crets behind her birth about 1.2 million newborns each year, according
familys background and the to the National Maternal and Child Health Sur-
truth behind why they gave veillance Office.
her up. Source: Beijing Review July 2, 2009

The Pets of China
Some people in China believe crickets bring good
luck. They also make nice noise. When you are
walking and you can hear a cricket very well, they
turn their sound like it was far away. They make their
sound by rubbing their wings together.

Cricket Cages
You can see the size of the
cricket compared to the
earphone of an Ipod (far

Pet Crickets
People in China like to keep crickets as pets. You can hear them chirping from windows as you walk along the
street. It is a tradition that has long history in China. During the Tang Dynasty (618-906 B.C.E.), crickets were trained to
sing and fight. Spectators would place large bets on the cricket they believed would win a fight. Today many Chinese
children and adults keep crickets as pets, especially during the summer months. People often hang the cricket cages
outside of their shops so their pets can breathe fresh air but still be close enough so the owner can appreciate the
melodious singing of the cricket. When you walk around Beijing or any other Chinese city in the summer, look around the
doorways and windows of houses and businesses; you will see quite a few crickets! Can you hear crickets in the summer
near your house?
Crickets, though at first may seem like an odd pet to have, really are quite friendly and quite amusing. The large
crickets look a lot like a grasshopper with the multiple eye and mouthparts. The male cricket is the one that you want as
a pet because he is the one to make the chirping sound. Did you know that crickets are like ventriloquists? They can
throw their sound to another direction, so that their predators cannot find them.
Crickets are better to keep as pairs, but be careful, you cannot put two in the same cage together. They will fight
until one has killed the other. There are double cricket cages where both crickets are side by side, but there is a wall
between them so they cannot reach each other.
Crickets will chirp when they are happy. What makes a cricket happy? They like to be in the sunshine and to be
warm. They like to eat and have a full tummy. They like for you to take them out of their cages and give them exercise by
letting them walk all over your arms or on the table or bed.
Crickets are easy to feed. If you like it, they will like it! Be careful not to give them anything oily though. Crickets
love noodles, rice, soybeans, grapes, and cucumber. When they chirp a lot they need a lot of food to supply more energy.
You can take your cricket with you when you go to the park or shopping or for a walk. You can buy small cricket
boxes carved out of gourds, or made of brass, or porcelain that will fit just inside your jacket in the winter. The crickets will
be warm and happy close to you and will chirp as you go on an outing with them.
So, crickets can be very fun pets for young children and also for the elderly who have a lot of time to care for them.

Try a traditional Chinese pet, a cricket!

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Birds in their cages waiting All sorts of dogs including the local favorite: Pekinese
for their walk!

Local pet markets have all kinds of pet

supplies and foods!

Some families in China have cats, but people do not frequently
allow their cats to wander around the city neighborhoods, so you do
not see as many cats as you will see dogs in most neighborhoods.
People get their cats from a pet store or from a street market. This
cat above belongs to the owner of a hardware shop, so he spends
the day keeping bugs and mice out of the shop.

The daschunds above are two years old and live in central
Beijing with owner, Lao Wang. Every morning and every evening
they to go out to the courtyard of the housing complex so Wang
can spend time with his friends
Wang has a neighbor with a Pekinese named Guigui, whose
name means “well-behaved.” Guigui is a very popular breed of dog
in China. Five years ago, most people who had dogs had this kind,
but today you can find many breeds of dogs in big cities like Beijing,
Shanghai, or Hong Kong.
The government charges a tax for the privilege of having a
dog. The first year they charge 5,000 yuan, or $625, then they
charge less each subsequent year, so Lao Wang now pays only
about 2,000 yuan per year. The government has also long had strict
rules about when people can walk their dogs. The government
restricts dog-walking to early morning and night-time in order to keep
the streets clean.

People usually have these lion head and bubble-eyed goldfish
in tanks in their living rooms. Fish are a symbol of plenty or wealth
and bring families good luck. The fish salesman will bring many
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FISH, FISH and more GOLDFISH! This is the lo-

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Hi - my name is Jiang (it means Ginger, like the Chinese root used
in cooking) and I am a bilingual dog. That’s right, I can under-
stand Chinese AND English when people speak to me! Like my

Hi - my name is Emily (in Chinese my surname is Jiang meaning

River and my given name is Xiao Min meaning little clever). I am
also bilingual. I am adopted from Jiangmen, China and I lived in
Beijing with my mom and my dog Ginger for 9 years.

This story is spoken by Ginger . . .

F69;&)$F8&7$*8$,-.880 Emily and Ginger “Then”

Did you ever wonder what it was like to go to school in China? I did. Emily takes the bus every day to her Chinese
school called Fang Cao Di. I ride with her in the car to the bus stop. I always want to go with her on the bus but Mom makes
me stay in the car.
One day I decided to sneak out of the car when the school bus arrived and Emily started to put on her backpack and
get out of the car. It was not long before I scooted up the steps of the big tour bus that she rides to school each day. I slipped
under the seat quickly and Emily followed not knowing I was there!
Mom drove away and we were half-way to school before she realized the car was pretty empty without me!
I arrived at school just as it was ready to start. Children came on the backs of bicycles with their grandpop or
grandmom. Some kids arrived with either their mom or dad. Some walked to school with their heavy backpack on their back.
Some came by car and hopped out at the curb right by the front door.
I heard some special music. I had heard this music before from the TV. I think it’s the national anthem of China! Sure
enough, it was time to raise the flag and all the children were outside to watch as the school band marched by playing the
anthem. Da ‘da da da daaaaah da, dum dum da da-da-da dum.
I stood at attention just like the kids. Some kids wore special red scarves for the Young Pioneers. They wear school
uniforms too. Not Emily though. She is in the International Section of her school. The kids in that section wear regular
school clothes like jeans and tennis shoes.
I wonder what it means to be in the Young Pioneers and wear one of those red scarves. I want to join the Young
Pioneers too. The teacher standing nearby put a red scarf on me too! I am so proud to be a Young Pioneer. It means I am
loyal to my country, China.
I was born in China, did I tell you that before? I was born in Beijing and my parents (both cockerspaniels) were also
born in China.
I visited several classrooms today to see what was going on. First I went to Chinese class. With 5,000 characters to
learn, I’ll bet it takes kids a long time to learn to read and write Chinese!
Wow, I counted almost 50 kids in the first room I went to, it was a first grade class. I ran up and down lots of
stairways. Then I found Emily and her classmates in the International Section. There are about 25 kids in her class. She’s
in 6th grade now. They were reading some Chinese poems by Du Fu from the Song Dynasty. Mo Laoshe, Emily’s teacher,
caught a glimpse of me in the hallway!
Before I knew it, Mo Laoshe was in the hallway and I was in trouble. “Jiang Xiao Min!” she called from the hallway.
Emily sprung to her feet and flew to the hallway. She was pretty happy to see me but Mo Laoshe wasn’t sure what to make
of it all.
“Jiang Xiao Min. Jie shi ni de xiao gou ma?” (Emily, is this your little dog?), asked Mo Laoshe.

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“Dui” (Yes), replied Emily to her
teacher who only speaks Chinese.
“Weishemme ni de xiao gou xiao xue
lai le? (Why did your little dog come to school?),
questioned Mo Laoshe.
“Wo bu shi dao” (I have no idea), declared Emily in Chinese.
“Jiang Xiao Gou, weishemme ni lai xiao xue?” (Ginger
Little Dog, why did you come to school?), asked Mo Laoshe.
I smiled as best as I could. Being a bilingual dog isn’t
always easy you know! I decided that silence was the best solution.
So I sat nicely and showed her all my bright shinny teeth in a big
smile. Emily was so excited I was there. By now all her class-
mates were at the doorway pushing each other aside to see me.
Mo Laoshe said, “Jiang Xiao Min!” (that’s Emily’s Chi-
nese name) “Ni de xiao gou shi tai ma fan” (your little dog is too
much trouble). “Dian hua ni de ma ma!” (call your mother on the
telephone!). So, while Emily called Mom to come and get me, I
got to sit in the classroom with Emily and all her friends.
The class continued as if I wasn’t even there and before you knew it the bell rang and it was time for physical
education. The entire school went outside for exercises and I wanted to join them!
All the children lined up in neat rows by class. Music started and the head of the PE department, Li Laoshe, blew his
whistle. Burrreeeeppp! Burreeeppp! Oh my ears!
I stood next to Emily and tried to do whatever her exercise was. It was kind of like doing “heads and shoulders knees
and toes.” Do you know that song? When Emily jumped, I jumped. When Emily ran, I ran. Whew, this is hard work! Any
bones for all this effort?
Mom still hadn’t arrived yet so I continued on with Emily to her Math class. They were doing hard things like
percentages and I can only bark to 5 when Mom practices math with me in our living room. I am lost in this class but Emily
smiles at me and pats me on the head to reassure me. I am trying to be good.
It seemed like forever before Math class was over. The teacher had filled the entire chalk board (they call it a heiban) with
math problems for homework. Emily put her books into her backpack right as the bell range. Waaaaaaang Waaaaang. Time to go!
We walked up one set of stairs and down a long hallway before we came to Mr. B’s 8th grade English class. Oh boy,
English should be something I can do well in. The class was reading about the Titanic and Mr. B had already shown them
some movies the day before. Emily talked quickly with all her girlfriends before the bell rang again. Waaaaaang Waaaaang.
I have to sit still again but the kids in this class wanted to play with me.
Mr. B suddenly noticed me. Yikes!
“Emily is that your dog?” asked Mr. B as he laughed really loud. The kids didn’t want to go to their assigned seats.
“Yes, Mr. B,” she said sheepishly. Mom is on her way to get Ginger. She got onto the school bus this morning before
anyone noticed her there.
Just then I heard someone clomping down the hallway to the classroom. It was Mom and she didn’t sound too thrilled
to climb up to the 4th floor and down that long hallway to get me. Soon her face appeared in the window to the classroom and
I knew I was in big trouble. As the door opened I ran to her quickly and she picked me up like a baby. I am such a spoiled pet.
“Ginger, I was really worried about you!” Mom scolded. “What if you had been hit by a car in that Beijing traffic? Emily
and I would be so sad if anything happened to you!”
I was happy to see Mom and she put on my leash. Emily and her friends all said goodbye to me. Mom walked me to
the car and I felt really glad to have had my little adventure at school.

Note from Emily: I’m now 16 and go to high school. Ginger and I returned to live in the USA. Would you like to hear more
adventures from Ginger?
Coming soon - the series: The Adventures of Ginger in China © - this series is for children young and old!

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