Saturday, July 9, 2016
China Camp 2016
Camp always begins with drums and cymbals and a local kung fu group's lion dance.
The last event of China Camp, Closing Ceremonies, is a time for all the kids to share some of what they have learned during the week. Each class performs a dance, sings a song, recites a poem, or demonstrates kung fu moves in front of an audience of proud parents. I always find Closing Ceremonies to be a deeply emotional time. The joy and pride in the room is palpable. I look around at all those beautiful Chinese faces and think of the sorrow and hard places that brought them to their families and see how far all of us have come and I fight tears. Every. Single. Year.
The youngest classes were, as always, adorable. They sang a song about tigers, wearing tiger masks, and making claws with their fingers.
Rachel's class recited poetry in Chinese this year. She wasn't much interested in language class and she hates to perform at China Camp, but she did her part. She hid in the back of the group, but she did it.