Yiting Mao
 
          The first time I met Joyce Deng was at her parent's house. We were sitting on the couch and watching the opening of 2010 Winter Olympics together. When Chinese athletes marched into the field, she was very excited, "Dad! Come and see. China is coming." 
          "Do you like China?" I asked. 
          "Yup. I do," answered Joyce.
          "Have you ever been there?"
          "Once, as a tourist," said Joyce.
          "Do you think you are Chinese or American?"  
          "American..." she answered without hesitation and turned back to watch the TV. 
          That was last year. 

          Joyce is an American-born Chinese (ABC). Every time I go to Chinese church, I can meet so many ABC kids who had difficulties in communicating in Chinese. For special festival occasions, they would dress up in Chinese traditional outfits but speak English with their parents. 
          Do they learn Chinese? How do they like it? What are their incentives of learning Chinese? What do their parents think about their Chinese? How much do they know about China and Chinese culture? 
          I don't really have an answer, even after the interviews with two Chinese families living in the United States. But I was a little bit shocked when I found out Joyce needs some time to tell me her Chinese name correctly. 
          Maybe, I do overthink here. They are still kids. Different and colorful experiences are exactly what they need right now. 
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Joyce Deng is taking her Chinese classes at a Chinese church.
         
         As Joyce Deng, Aimee Chan, is an American- born Chinese too. Her parents moved to the United States from Hong Kong since the late 1970s. She started learning Cantonese since she was born and picked up Mandarin at a Chinese church. 
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Aime Chen (far right) poses with her parents and sister.



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