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20 June 2009 @ 02:37 am
hong kong this summer  
Dear LJ Friends,

I've done a horrible job keeping you updated on my life plans. one thing I haven't mentioned is that I'll be in Hong Kong this summer from June 28th-August 26th. My goals are to 1) Learn Cantonese, 2) Spend time with my Popo, and 3) Explore my heritage/Hong Kong/etc.

I guess this is the equivalent of a study abroad-type experience. But I really don't think of it that way. Since my reason for going overseas isn't to "study abroad", but rather to rediscover family and also myself, albeit in an "abroad"-type way. Fall quarter my grandma on my dad's side (my yinyin) passed away. She spoke a dialect of Cantonese that I never really understood called Toisan. I loved her very much but I didn't know her as well as I wanted to. Anyways, all of this made me realize that I only have one grandparent left. My Popo (maternal grandmother) is my only link to that generation and I'm ashamed to say that I'm unable to have real conversations with her beyond go-to topics like food and school. Fall/winter quarter I applied to a language study fellowship through the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford and I got it :) So the first half of my trip will be devoted to studying Cantonese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It's a study abroad program, so there'll be travelling and exploring and group tours with other students. The second half of my trip I'll be living with Popo.

I'm creating a travel blog for public/parental viewing which you can view here <3 Isn't it pretty?

I know...betrayal. I'm using wordpress and not livejournal for this blog. Well, wordpress lets me post entire picture galleries without doing anything weird like using photobucket or paying for an account with storage space. Rest assured, I'll always be an LJ-er at heart. My friendspage is everything to me.

The hong kong travel blog will have updates and lots of pictures. I'm reserving LJ for what I usually use it for: bitching, gossiping, saying what i really mean, going deep, and all the random-ing that I'll still need to do while overseas. I might be too lazy to cross-post everything from wordpress to LJ. but whatever, we'll see.

Love Always,

I'm feelin: calmcalm
mayonegg: Taylor Lovemayonegg on June 21st, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
And I commend you for not only having the desire to get to know your grandma, but for actually doing something about it. Good for you!
Sylvia McNaughtyhomegrownweed on June 26th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
that's what my study abroad experience was meant to do, actually. i chose (applied to) japan over paris or chile because i wanted to visit relatives, and this was a relatively easy excuse and way to do that. do you not have any great-aunts and uncles still alive? i also only have one grandparent left, but i also have a 2 alive and healthy great-aunts who talk a bunch, a great aunt who doesn't really talk at all (lol), and i met 2 great-aunts for the first time this past saturday. that's great that you're doing this though! i wrote an extra, long paper for one of my classes here about my grandfather's postwar experience (it expanded into including my great-aunt and parents), so i've definitely learned more about him. something i really wish i'd been able to do with my grandmother that lived with me.