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Celebrating Chuseok (추석)

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Celebrating Chuseok (추석)

Today we celebrated the Korean harvest festival of Chuseok (Korean: 추석) in my kid's Korean Immersion elementary class. Traditions are very important in our home. I am mixed Latina and Black and my husband is Korean so being a multicultural family and raising our children as mini global citizens to appreciate and celebrate their respective cultures is an invaluable gift we are passing on to them.

In all honesty, it is also a chance for me to learn more about my children's Korean culture. We learn from each other, right? So Chuseok  추석, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day, is one of the most important and festive holidays of the year. Just like the American tradition of Thanksgiving, Koreans return to their ancestral hometowns to celebrate with their families to feast on traditional foods and rice wines. 

The origins of Chuseok 추석 can be traced back to Korea’s past as an agrarian society. During that time period, families gathered to enjoy time together as well as give thanks to their ancestors for a good harvest.

Other customs include paying respect to ancestors by cleaning their graves and presenting foods to their spirits.

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A Multicultural Back To School Guide: Raising Mini Global Citizens and World Changers

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A Multicultural Back To School Guide: Raising Mini Global Citizens and World Changers

It's that time of year again y'all. Summer vacation is over and it's time to head back to school. I, for one, cannot be more thrilled. Not because my littles drove me bananas or anything (never that!) but because the last few months have been a difficult time in political and social justice history.  Kids today are inundated by current events via traditional media sources and social media. Not one to shy away from difficult conversations, my husband and I talk openly to our four children about what is going on in our society. We talk to them before they...

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OTHER: MIXED RACE IN AMERICA (A podcast by The Washington Post's Alex Laughlin)

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OTHER: MIXED RACE IN AMERICA (A podcast by The Washington Post's Alex Laughlin)

There's something that happens when the multiracial community see themselves in media. It doesn't matter the mix, the community is just happy to see themselves represented. Take the Cheerios commercial that had a Caucasian mom, African-American dad and biracial daughter, Gracie. The commercial was just supposed to be about a young daughter who wants her dad to remain healthy so she pours Cheerios on him to encourage him to eat them to remain heart-healthy. Cute and simple, right? Not so much. General Mills had to shut off comments on their social media pages due to being inundated with racial slurs...

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On the road with MultiCulti Corner at The Museum of African American Museum

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On the road with MultiCulti Corner at The Museum of African American Museum

Introduction: The world is changing and we are more diverse than ever. An important gift we can give our children is to help them feel good about who they are and help them learn to accept, respect and celebrate others. Multicultural children need to have access to diverse products that reflect their reality. Children want to see themselves in books, media, toys, dolls and arts & crafts. Thankfully, there are brands that are stepping up and providing more products that expose children to multicultural and/or multiracial products. Lakeshore Learning, Queens of Africa dolls, Mixis Dolls, Lammily, Mattel, Mixed Up Clothing, Mixed...

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5 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Race & Cultural Diversity

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It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.~Maya Angelou Last week I was asked to be on a local NPR station to talk about what it's like to be mixed-race in today's changing demographic. I love that question but even more, I love talking to parents about what they can do. Tangible things about how can we raise children who love who they are as well as raise socially-conscious children who embrace other races? I hear you saying, yes but aren't we all part of the human...

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