East Meets West Club Builds Bridge to Cultural Understanding

Photo courtesy Annie Brassard Board members for the San Marino-based East Meets West Parent Education Club include Helen Gunnoe (front row, from left), Queenie Ng, Annie Brassard, Flora Wang, Sandra Chen and Julie Scott. Back: June Song, Christine Tung, Isaac Hung, Molly Woodford, Sophia Chan, Marilyn Fritz, Susan Jakubowski, Matt Scott, Rick Politte, Paul Brassard, Ron Gunnoe and Ambrose Chan.
Photo courtesy Annie Brassard
Board members for the San Marino-based East Meets West Parent Education Club include Helen Gunnoe (front
row, from left), Queenie Ng, Annie Brassard, Flora Wang, Sandra Chen and Julie Scott. Back: June Song, Christine Tung, Isaac Hung, Molly Woodford, Sophia Chan, Marilyn Fritz, Susan Jakubowski, Matt Scott, Rick Politte, Paul Brassard,
Ron Gunnoe and Ambrose Chan.

Moving to a new community is challenging for anyone, but moving from one country to another is in a category all its own.
This struggle, experienced by many residents in San Marino — a community built largely by Taiwanese and Chinese expatriates — prompted some of them to coalesce into a group spanning the East-West divide. Appropriately, they called themselves East Meets West Parent Education Club. Continue reading “East Meets West Club Builds Bridge to Cultural Understanding”

East, West Cultural Discussion Encouraged

An informal poll of the Barth Community Room at Crowell Public Library last Wednesday indicated that around half of the audience was immigrants and perhaps a half-dozen fell into the “1.5 generation” category.
This was a good pool for Larry Wong, a marriage and family therapist, who was on hand, courtesy of Partnership for Awareness, to discuss the issues related to how children of immigrant families develop their identities, specifically as it relates to East and Southeast Asian culture. As he noted early into his discussion, his family had immigrated to Los Angeles from Hong Kong before he was born; he never learned Mandarin. Continue reading “East, West Cultural Discussion Encouraged”