Moon Cake

A traditional Chinese food.
A traditional Chinese food.

    The Moon Festival, a Chinese traditional festival, means family reunion, because the moon is full in The Moon Festival, and circle has the same pronunciation as reunion. September 10th this year is The Moon Festival, and Moon Cake is what we eat that day. This day reminds me of my family.    I was born in China, lived with my parents and paternal grandparents, but my parents went to Mexico for work when I was a 6th grade student. My mother can only visit some days a year, so my maternal grandparents took care of me after that. My grandfather and grandmother lived with the families of my two uncles. They were very kind to me, and the second uncle's family regarded me as one of their menber.But someday, such as the Moon Festival, I missed my parents. It's so sad that I can not reunite with my family on a day that means family reunion.    Finally, during the few days when my mom came to visit me in 8th grade, I asked her to go to Mexico together, so I can see my parents everyday. However, it also means that I have to leave my grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins, who I live with for 2 years. No matter what I choose, I will be separated from one side, not to mention the family was even more fragmented two years later when my dad sent my mom and me to America because of policing issues in Mexico. Because of this, every Moon Festival day I always think, can I go back to see my family next year.

Place(s): China, Mexico, New York

– Nuo Xu

Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child