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Chinese New Year Feast

When I was young, family gatherings were a rare thing. Every couple of years, my parents and I would travels the thousands of miles back to Chengdu and visit my dear grandparents and extended family of uncles, aunts and cousins. Each time we met, there were changes to take in; babies I had never met , kids and teenagers I’d never watched grow, divorces, remarriages, grey hairs and facial lines. It was a revolving cast, but the stage remained the same, set around the kitchen table in my grandparents house. If you’ve seen the BBC Exploring China documentary that was filmed in their home, you’d have an idea of what one of these gatherings are like.

Having grown up far removed from the rest of my family and feeling culturally alienated as a kid, I thought the endless dishes and baijiu toasts were remarkably tedious and couldn’t wait to slink away after scarfing down my food.  Eventually with age came sense and curiosity, and I became…

Jing | 19.02.15 at 11:35 AM |

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