Jade

Relationship: Im/migrant

When this assignment started, about bringing immigration object to school,  I couldn’t think of any object to share. So I looked around my house and I found a necklace. The object is from China. I asked my grandma “What does this jewelry represent in my culture?”  She said that the jade helps to take away bad spirits. She also said that in China, she had a lot of jade. But people stole it at night so she stopped buying it and wearing it. It was expensive. A jade could be a necklace, a ring, a bracelet, object and an earring.  A Jade is made out of emerald. The necklace has a brown bumpy string with the green smooth but hard as a metal jade at the end of the necklace.  The jade is a small pendant but it has many decorations on it. I thought this object was important since I’ve seen a picture of my grandma wearing it. But in the picture my grandma was wearing a bracelet Jade, too.  As I talked to my grandmother, I also learned that the Jade has our figure of the God, Buddha on it. Some people wear it daily and some people wear it on special occasions.  My family usually wears for weddings and funerals.  I asked my grandma a question. The question I asked her was, “How was this object important to her?’ She replied saying it was important to her because it takes away bad spirit. I quickly wrote that down. Now I know more about a Jade, I noticed that it is important to my family.

Place(s): Brooklyn

– Ella

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant