I really want to involve more Chinese culture into Adelaide's world, but being a white girl it feels a little - contrived on my part. I'm not completely ignorant, for I grew up in Vancouver and it has a huge Asian population which has very much influenced what this city has and will become. We have a lot of Asian friends and neighbours, and Addie has many little Chinese friends and even more little bi-racial friends around our neighbourhood to spend time with. However, Adelaide's dad Charles is really laid back, and he's not the type to plan out cultural events or drag his daughter to Chinese School (he despised and loathed it). Charles also works a lot and so Addie spends the majority of her time with just plain old me. Her yehyeh and mahmah live far away so she won't really be able to learn from them either. I just hope that Addie doesn't grow up and feel alienated from such a big part of her heritage.
Do you have any experience for such a matter? Did you grow up the child of Caucasian and Asian parents? Do you have children who are part Asian too? Do you have any thoughts on what else can I do - besides reading books like Yum Yum Dim Sum to her, and taking her Aberdeen and to yummy restaurants like Peaceful Noodle every so often? Are you aware of any Cantonese speaking programs for little children in the Vancouver area? Or do you know of anyother Chinese-type storybooks to recommend? Any thoughts or suggestions you have I would greatly appreciate.