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The Truth Behind the Day–感恩节征文高中组(16)

The Truth Behind the Day

It’s that time of the year again. Time to binge on pumpkin pie, meet those family members that you never knew you even had, and lay on the couch watching football. But most of all, Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks, right? Just like Christmas, the only reason we celebrate Thanksgiving is out of the goodness of our hearts, never for superficial reasons. Continue reading


I was asked to write about cultural appreciation. But what culture do I exist in? I live in the center of the great technological era in America. My parents come from the Chinese Cultural Revolution. From the outside, the American comes in. From the inside, the bent sapling of the Chinese culture pushes. The era I live in connects me to the whole world at once. The culture that I live in is complicated. Continue reading

Polite Wontons–感恩节征文高中组(14)

Polite Wontons

It was a day of firsts. It was the day I met my first friend, the day I experienced my first conflict, and the day I learned my first lesson about being American.

It was the first day of school.

“Class, this is our new student who came from China,” the teacher announced. Continue reading




感恩节的意义不只是烤火鸡,吃南瓜派。每年到十一月份的时候,我们都要感谢我们的父母、老师、朋友、和社区。今年的感恩节来了,我想要帮助别人。 Continue reading



8th grader

        我们家一般会在感恩节放假的一个星期外出度假, 但是今年, 我们决定要在家里过一个不一样的感恩节。



My family usually goes on vacation during Thanksgiving break, but this year, we decided to try something new and stay home for a truly unique Thanksgiving.

It is an undisputed fact that Thanksgiving and eating turkey are one and the same, but we all agreed that we wanted have our own unique dinner, so, a few days before Thanksgiving, my parents called a family meeting. After some heated discussion, an unanimous vote was reached to “pardon the turkey”, and, instead, let a duck take its place on our dinner table. My dad found a Chinese-style duck recipe on the Internet, and promptly began the process of preparing the duck the day before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving morning, my mom brought my grandparents home to celebrate with us. The moment they arrived, my grandparents and parents began to form a menu for the day. My sister and I knew, at last, that we had a say in matters, so we immediately gave our opinion for the day’s menu. We agreed that this year’s Thanksgiving dinner’s main dish would be pork buns. My mom had learned the recipe and technique from her friend, and had long been waiting eagerly for the opportunity to try it out herself. Soon, we split up the tasks and began preparing our Thanksgiving meal. My dad kneaded the dough. My mom made the pork filling with help from my sister. I ran to the backyard to pick some of my homegrown green onion so that they could be diced and mixed in. After the preparation process, we kneaded the wrappers, wrapped the steamed buns, then steamed them. Besides the main dish, my grandparents made my favorite Chinese-style pearl meatballs and steamed pork ribs, my mom made purple sweet potato puffs, and my dad roasted his honey duck. In addition,  I also prepared some traditional Thanksgiving dishes, such as mashed potatoes with gravy. We ended up eating so much that we couldn’t even bend over!

This year’s Thanksgiving was truly special. Everyone pitched in and we all had our own parts in the creation of our Thanksgiving meal. We managed, through some hard work, to combine our favorite Chinese foods with our favorite American foods. In a way, our meal represented our mix of cultures; part Chinese and part American. Although the foods from both cultures were enormously different, we were able to create a well-balanced mix. I really loved this year’s Thanksgiving experience, and am looking forward to having similar experiences in the future.

Dining in the Past--感恩节征文初中组(7)

Dining in the Past

Grade: 7th

During Thanksgiving, everyone should be thankful for having friends, family, or education. Thanksgiving is a big holiday for my family and the best one was during the year 2012, and we also talked to each other about what we were thankful for and this made me realize that many people had gone through of terrible experiences that I hadn’t gone though. This made me think that I am lucky because there are many people that have gone though many though many hard things. Continue reading


I am thankful for a lot of things. I’m thankful for the things that everyone else is also thankful for, like food, clothes, school, somewhere to stay etc, and I’m also thankful for things that aren’t so common, like pecan pie, the ICC chess club, and Stephen Curry’s jump shot. But fundamentally, I’ve realized that the thing that I’m most thankful for is this era that we live in, an era with a culture so unique that even someone twenty years ago would have trouble imagining it, and specifically that we now have the chance to finally bring the human race together. Continue reading


7th grader

 I had to google the history of thanksgiving before I started. Being in a traditional Chinese family gave me the illusion that thanksgiving, like Halloween, was just another American holiday that lost its true tradition, smothered by excessive amounts of food and gifts. As of November 29th I had already received more than my fair share of “holiday presents”, and I hardly thought twice about it. Sure, I was thankful too my parents, who raised and fed me my entire life, but my thankfulness was never expressed with more than simply saying thank you. Continue reading

TURKEY DAYS--感恩节征文高中组(12)


There’s another word for Thanksgiving. It’s still sort of a nickname at this point, a bit newer and a lot less formal. It resurfaces every November, and it’s been popping up more and more lately, especially in conjunction with things only barely related to giving thanks: football games, blowout sales, TV specials and the like. I suppose that’s fitting, because there’s something sinister and unnerving, manufactured and commercial, maybe even soulless in the rise of “Turkey Day”. Continue reading


For me, China means family. Every few years, my family goes to China over summer break to visit my countless number of relatives; there are cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, grand-aunts and grand-uncles, and more. Each time, the weeks pass by in a flurry of meals at restaurants with large tables of people. Relatives I haven’t seen for many years pat me on the back and smother me with their hugs, telling me how big I have gotten. I am always perfectly aware that I have grown since I was four, and such gatherings can be tiresome at times, but meeting and spending time with my cousins makes up for it all. Continue reading

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