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Chinese New Year for kids in America

January 15, 2012

Say an adopted American Chinese kid (parents non-chinese) wants to know about Chinese New Year and came across a popular site (after binging or googling) by Kaboose.  One will see

“Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2012, the Year of the Tiger, with great kids’ activities and crafts. Also learn about the…”  see picture below:

Click on Kaboose’s link and they talk about “Crafts”, “Fun Facts”, “Rabbits”, even though there are pictures of what seems like paper dragons.  Doesn’t KABOOSE google or search on the internet before they even care to “inform” the kids?  Or is someone in Kaboose so smart, they choose to ignore all sources and gather that after the year of the rabbit, it must be “tiger”?  I wonder if someone would care to correct Kaboose.

I grew up thinking anything in print must be correct.  The local newspaper had hardly any typos or grammatical errors.  The textbooks were taken as words “cast in stones”.  I remember one schoolmate was upset because he could not get the Math sum to come up to be the answer on the back of the book.  It turned out, the book was wrong!  But we, as students who respected teachers, give as much trust to books to be correct as to our teachers.

But now, things turned around very quickly.  Our local papers have grammar errors that teachers were too embarrassed to ask students to read.  Information were in such abundance, one easily gets wrong information.  In fact the challenge now is always swimming in a sea of junks wondering which junk is more trustworthy and which to ignore.

Scientists and theologians agree that December 25th is probably not when Christ was born.  But millions still use that day to celebrate Christ’s birth.  But maybe that was too controversial to change.  But in this part of the world, saying the truth that “Santa is not real” is frown upon.  Some adults even question why “The Little Drummer’s Boy” was not to be seen in most play/shows about the birth of Christ.  What ignorance.  That is really commercialization to an extreme!  But education is of utmost importance, now that there is such an abundance of information.  Maybe I should start telling students to be extremely skeptical when the info from the webpage has too many advertisements.  Like the one of Kaboose.


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