Our story begins in the summer of 2020.
My family and I were celebrating Duan Wu Jie, the Dragon Boat Festival. My mom had set up a station for us to make ZongZi, which is a traditional Chinese sticky rice dumpling. My 18-month-old daughter, Ava, watched curiously as my mom filled the bamboo leaves and twisted them into a triangular shape.
As I was taking in this wonderful moment, I was hit with a startling realization: “Would I be able to teach the future generations these same traditions?” I wanted so badly for the answer to be yes, but how could I be sure?
I’m a new parent, and it’s important to me that I share my Taiwanese-Chinese culture with Ava. But the more I tried, the more I realized that I am not familiar enough with my traditions to properly pass them down to my daughter! Talking to a lot of my close friends, I found that I was not alone in this struggle. So my dream to teach my family became a dream to teach cultural traditions to other families too!