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Miscellaneous articles and links that pertain to China.

Known Holidays & Slow Periods in China

There are several times during the year when the processing of adoptions in China is slowed. These are due to holidays and other major events that affect major sections of the China adoption process.

New Years Day (January 1)

Chinese Lunar New Years (Late Jan - Mid Feb)

The celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year is the largest and most well celebrated holiday of the year. All functions both government and private slow down during the period leading up to the holiday. There are many events, parties, and other celebrations on the date of the New Year and for several days thereafter. Little if anything gets done for the week of this holiday. The actual date of the New Year varies with the lunar cycle. The dates for the next several years are given below.

2010: February 14, Year of the Tiger

2011: February 3, Year of the Rabbit

2012: January 23, Year of the Dragon

2013: February 10, Year of the Snake

2014: January 31, Year of the Horse

2015: February 19, Year of the Sheep

2016: February 8, Year of the Monkey

2017: January 28, Year of the Rooster

2018: February 16, Year of the Dog

2019: February 5, Year of the Pig.

Spring Trade Fair in Guangzhou (Last two weeks in April)

Twice a year a major trade fair is held in the city of Guangzhou. During these periods hotel rooms are difficult if not impossible to find and all hotels and restaraunts double (at least) their prices. All adoptive parents must spend two days in Guangzhou getting the immigration paperwork done at the United States Consulate. Therefore, travel is usually scheduled to avoid the trade fairs. The dates of the trade fairs are usually the last two weeks in April and the last two weeks in October.

May Day (May 1-2)

International Labor Day Holiday

National Liberation Day (Oct 1-2)

Holiday celebrating the victory of the Chinese Communist forces under Mao Zedong in 1949 over the Nationalist Forces.

NOTE: The US consulate is CLOSED for the National Liberation Day Holidays and no visas can be issued.

Fall Trade Fair in Guangzhou (Last two weeks in October)

Twice a year a major trade fair is held in the city of Guangzhou. During these periods hotel rooms are difficult if not impossible to find and all hotels and restaraunts double (at least) their prices. All adoptive parents must spend two days in Guangzhou getting the immigration paperwork done at the United States Consulate. Therefore, travel is usually scheduled to avoid the trade fairs. The dates of the trade fairs are normally the last two weeks in April and the last two weeks in October.

Growing up Chinese

Growing up Chinese-American was not easy, but it wasn't particularly hard either. Then again that's growing up in general, I suppose.

I was born in Hong Kong and came to this country at age three. I'm not absolutely sure when my identity congealed in my consciousness. I suppose it was kindergarten when I began to suspect I was a Chinese kid instead of just any old kid.

I remember thinking to myself in Cantonese: ``Hey! They're not calling the horsey by the right name.'' I had a hard time trying to tell the blond-haired kid that he should share the plastic horsey with others.

The identity thing didn't quite make itself felt, though, until I was old enough to go to Chinese school. For me, Chinese school was a pain. My family was then living in a housing project in the South Cove area adjacent to both Chinatown and South Boston.

My daily routine consisted of going to second grade at the Abraham Lincoln School in the morning and Chinese classes at the Kwang Gow School in Chinatown during the afternoon.

There were two things that made Chinese school tough for me and my brother.

One was the the unholy coincidence that the pickup spot for the school van was located in front of the house of the neighborhood bullies. The twin Yee brothers did a thriving trade in ``protection.'' I think they've since become cops.

The other was afternoon Hanna Barbera cartoons. We felt deprived as Americans because we had to go to Chinese school while other kids were enjoying Magilla Gorilla and Snagglepuss.

I don't think the act of learning was so hard. We already spoke fluent Cantonese and calligraphy is actually a lot of fun for younger children who, I think, find it easy to associate a pictogram with a meaning or object. But the atmosphere was different back then. There were a lot of incentives not to learn. Magilla Gorilla was only one of them.

In the seventies, it just wasn't all that fashionable to be Chinese, especially immigrant Chinese. The jook-sings, or American-born Cantonese, would beat us up for having that fresh-off-the-boat look. There was no cool Chinese person on TV other than Kane of ``Kung Fu'' (and Kane looked funny for a Chinese and spoke funnier.) People would say ``egg foo yong'' or ``egg roll'' to us as a matter of course, which made me feel bad even though I liked egg rolls. All our dads were restaurant cooks and all our moms were seamstresses which is kind of depressing to a kid who wanted to grow up and be like GI Joe or Speed Racer (which is a futile dream since it well known that Chinese people can't drive.)

And there was always someone to make fun of us when we did speak Chinese in public. You know, the familiar ``ching chong'' routine. As an Asian comedian once said, ``you should never do the `ching chong' to an Oriental because it really confuses him.''

On top of everything, you could throw in busing. My brothers and I were shipped as tender grade-schoolers to Charlestown in police-escorted yellow containers. They told us busing was for our own good.

Anyway, all this had an effect on our studies at Chinese school. We took to reading comic books in class, copying other people on exams (which didn't work because sitting in the back of the class, we were copying off of kids who were copying off of other kids and somewhere along the line all the right answers got screwed up) and daydreaming.

It all came to a head when both my brother and I were kicked out of Chinese School in the winter of '76. I came home with a note written in Chinese stating that I had lived up to my Chinese school nickname of Sek-tow, ``rock-head.''

My dad was very upset at this. A slightly neurotic electrician and spray-painter who became a restaurant cook (what else) in America, he got so mad that he decided to punish me with whatever he had on hand at the time. I believe I was the only Chinese child ever to be beaten on the behind with a Christmas tree. I was glad it wasn't the wok.

I really excelled at regular school after being kicked out of Kwong Gow. I got into advanced classes in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Under a great teacher at the Clarence Edwards in Charlestown, I was prepared for and entered Boston Latin School. I blazed my way through honor classes in that exam school before running into the stone walls of teenage malaise and ``chick'' problems during my junior and senior years.

It could have been the bite of the Christmas tree that drove me to academic success after being thrown out of Chinese school. But I think it could have been the easing of pressure that happened when Chinese school was no longer a factor in my young life.

Actually, my schooling at Kwong Gow had lasted two years during which I learned to write my name and a few other words in Chinese such as one, two, three, mountain, person, mother and horsey. But as the years have gone by, I've regretted never having learned how to read and write Chinese. Although I can speak my native Cantonese fluently, I wish I'd made more of an effort back then to learn the Chinese characters.

This really struck me as as I was going through a phase of intense interest on the history and culture of my homeland during high school and college. I realized as a person of Chinese descent that I could only read about Chinese history from books written in English.

The world was different then, I suppose. But sometimes I want to turn back the clock for a moment and go back to a day at Kwong Gow when I was giving Dick Wong a hard time.

``How come you actually do well in these classes?'' I yelled at him. ``It's making me and my brother look bad.''

Dick yelled back: ``Because I want to know some Chinese when I grow up.''

Dick was blond and blue-eyed. He, incredibly, was the only full-blooded Anglo child I ever knew who was adopted by Chinese parents. I thought he was nuts for actually liking Chinese school. Now, I'm pretty sure he wasn't.

Cheong Chow is a reporter for The Boston Globe.

China Information Sources on the Internet


  • As a parent and an advocate of early childhood education, Washington State First Lady Mona Lee Locke recently embarked on a project close to her heart: encouraging a cross-cultural exchange on early education by leading a delegation of 60 U.S. teachers to China. KCTS-Seattle producer Susan Han and videographer Valerie Vozza document the 10-day visit in Precious Children, a one-hour presentation that reveals how this nation of 1.2 billion people is preparing its children for the future.
  • The ChinaSite.com The Complete Reference to China/Chinese Related Web Sites. This massive site has links to more than 1000 web sites about a variety of topics related to China. Something for everyone can be found here.Something for everyone can be found here including a link to http://www.fwcc.org.
  • China Fun is a web founded mainly for people who are interested in Chinese culture, life, society, not only for past, but also about her dynamic present and bright future. China Fun has a good working team, which is composed by staff of different specialiezd field with master degrees at least, to collect information, design the content structure and express the knowledge.
  • China Related Programs on U.S. TV are listed on this page hosted by ChinaSprout.com .
  • The dates for Chinese New Years are included in our listings of major holidays in China.
  • Chinatown in San Francisco: Explore and learn about San Francisco Chinatown. Also information about attractions, points of interest, history, events, restaurants, and culture.
  • The National Zoo in Washington DC has two webcams on their new Giant Pandas. Here are the links for PandaCam1 and PandaCam2. See the main Panda Page as well for more information about Pandas.
  • Traditional Chinese Fables At least 33 traditional tales are found in comic book fashion on this interesting website.
  • China - Created by Haiwang Yuan of Western Kentucky University, this page is mostly links with special links to pages created by Mr. Yuan on Chinese New Year, Proverbs, Holidays, Legends and an "Audio Tutorial of Survival Chinese.
  • The English language newspaper for China is The China Daily News.
  • The Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Washington DC now has their own website. They list the addresses of the consulates where documents can be sent for authentication and a lot of other information about China.
  • http://www.nciku.com/ is an online English/Chinese dictionary, including pronounciations.
  • Chinese Fortune Calendar Online provides a variety of traditional Chinese systems for fortune telling, matchmaking, Feng-Shui and related materials. This includes a useful page that will tell you the exact date of Chinese festivals and holidays out through 2005.
  • Chinese Culture Center located in San Francisco has a nice website with a variety of interesting information and elegant design. Check it out.
  • Chinese Culture, Art & Symbolism is the online culture page created by the International Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Research Association, USA.
  • The Chinese Heritage Centre is based in Singapore and aims to provide cultural resources for overseas Chinese.
  • The largest Chinese Classical Garden outside of China is in Portland OR. It will be the largest classical Chinese garden outside China and will serve as a national showcase for Chinese culture. Most of the materials for the interior of the garden will come from China and 60 Chinese workers will be in Portland next spring, for about 8 months, to help build the garden.
  • Discovering China is a site with some historical and current information about China. Created by students with some interesting perspectives.
  • A.Magazine is a publication for and about Asian-Americans in the US.
  • The Asia Society has two subsidiary websites, AsiaSource is a news site broadly focused on all of Asia including China, and AskAsia which has a more educational focus.
  • MuziCom is a news site with a largely China and business focus.
  • China the Beautiful is a site focused on Classical Chinese Art, Calligraphy, Poetry, History, Literature, Painting and Philosophy.
  • www.thechinaperspective.com which focuses on China industry news and analysis as well as featuring interviews with industry leaders and experts.
  • Inside China Today is a web newspaper focused on China, Taiwan, and Macao. In addition to daily news, the site offers a news review, travel section and political and historical resources. Inside China Today was one of the first on the Web to report Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's death, updating the news hourly for readers. During the events following Deng's death, CNN linked to Inside China Today as the premier Web site for news on the region.

    Inside China Site of the DayFCC was named as one of their Site of the Day sites.

  • Asia: The World News Network Links to online news sources from many places in Asia; part of the larger World News network Offers a searchable collection of current and past news in many languages. The new sources themselves contain additional links to online media and other resources in the individual countries. Website: http://www.worldnewsasia.com
  • Buddhism on the Silk Road Part of the International Dunghuan Project at the British Library; focuses on Buddhism as the common factor among the different peoples of the Silk Road. Includes a glossary of Buddhist Sanskrit terms, and essays on the history of Buddhism, the doctrines of Buddhism, and on Buddhist travelers on the Silk Road. Website: http://idp.bl.uk/idp/buddhism/index.html
  • Daoist Studies A collaborative resource for the academic study of Daoism; has a bibliography database of over 2,000 citations, a database of over 150 current scholars and researchers in Daoist studies, a database of course and syllabi on Daoism. Also conference announcements and calls for papers. Website: http://www.daoiststudies.org
  • Visual Sourcebook for Chinese Civilization http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv Designed to be used by students and teachers in college of high school classes. Covers ten categories, such as geography, Buddhism, calligraphy, military technology, etc., all selected because of the value of visual images in teaching about them. Includes a timeline and teacher's guide. Website: http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv
  • Reference Works for Chinese Studies An annotated bibliography of dictionaries, indices, concordances, etc., covering all aspects of Chinese studies. Requires Chinese software to view characters in titles. http://staff.hum.ku.dk/littrup/index.htm
  • Search China is a China specific internet directory.
  • SinoNews Network has a variety of news and discussions about the greater China region.
  • China Online is a news site about China and related issues with a business emphasis.
  • China Today is an official-looking China information site with a government and business emphasis.
  • China.Com is a broadly focused China news and culture site.
  • The San Francisco Chinese New Years Parade has its own website!
  • Consult an online version of the I Ching .
  • SurfChina provides links to a number of official and related websites in China.
  • BeijingScene is an online magazine about the scene in China aimed primarily at a young adult market.
  • The White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou is very popular with families since it is about 100 yards from the U.S. Consulate where every family adopting from China must go for INS paperwork processing.
  • The China Homepage has links to information about Cities and Provinces in China.
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs a variety of Chinese dance styles.
  • Chinese Language Sites: This site has a good Chinese Character Dictionary, This site is very graphic intensive and may be slow for people using older modems. Another place to look is the site simply called Chinese characters Yet a different take on this subject can be found on the Chinese Multimedia Tutorial which shows basic phrases and included sound files with pronounciations.
  • Mandarin & Cantonese Translation website. Includes links to other related Chinese language sites.
  • Chinese Language Guidewebsite. A user friendly guide to a variety of Chinese language resources.
  • Yunnan Province info is some quantity can be found on this site devoted to the entire Mekong river valley.
  • My Home Town: A page for children adopted in China to learn about their home towns and home provinces.So far it covers Many towns in Jiangsu Province, some in Anhui, and Wuhan in Huebi Province. I intend to gradually extend it to cover all of the most popular provinces and towns.

     

  • The CIA China Factbook. The Official CIA Factbook on China. Yes, folks, this was put together by the CIA! Quite dry, but sometimes interesting. Good encyclopedia style introduction to the country.

     

  • China map. Beautiful, but this is a big file that takes minutes to download.

     

  • Map of Beijing. Another beautiful, but huge file that takes minutes to download.

     

  • Map of Hong Kong. Another beautiful, but huge file. Useful if you need to travel through Hong Kong.

     

  • Travel advisories and warnings list from the U.S. State Department.

     

  • Tour of China. This includes pictures from many cities where adoptions are taking place.

     

  • China News Digest is online, with lots of links to other sites with interesting things about China.

     

  • Another site, just titled Information About China, has good links to Web sites in China, more maps, and some information sites about China. This site is in Japan, so don't expect it to be real fast.

     

  • The Southwest Chinese Baptist Church has an extensive listing of China related web sites.

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