847. Family from China

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When the church parish sponsored a new immigrant family about once a year, Nancy Delaney often came to the rescue. She would have the family stay a few weeks while they adjusted to their new country and culture.

This year, it was a family from China. Actually, it was a mother and son from China. The son was twelve years old. The mother was a qualified doctor.

Nancy welcomed them into her home. They spoke halting English. And what could be more welcoming, more culturally sensitive, than to get “Chinese” for the first evening meal? Nancy purchased several different dishes, with lots of rice.

The visiting mother and son did their best to eat it. They could merely nibble and try not to look disgusted.

Over the next few weeks, the doctor taught Nancy how to cook proper Chinese, and Nancy taught her how to cook European. What a revelation for both! What a great friendship forged! The learning process is never one way.

47 thoughts on “847. Family from China

        1. Cynthia Jobin

          Dang it! Now I’ll be singing the music from The King and I all day…..”Shall we Dance,”…”Something Wonderful,” “Getting to Know You,” “Whistle a Happy Tune,”(and I can’t whistle worth a tinker’s dam…..)

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  1. Sylvie G

    A Chinese colleague demystified green tea for me. She did it in a very simple way with leaves (stopping the kettle before it boils, otherwise the leaves burn and the tea tastes bad, pouring the water in two steps to get the best of the leaves), and I like green tea since then.

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  2. jan

    I once had a Pakistani nanny and he couldn’t stand American food (especially peanut butter) – so he taught me how to make curry. Course he was upset that goat meat was not available and he had to make due with chicken! Sometimes food is the path to understanding.

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