Red Envelope

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Received every Chinese New Year.
Received every Chinese New Year.

I personally do not have an object that represents my identity, but if I were to choose one, it would be the Chinese red envelope. I grew up in a small town in China filled with Korean people. I did not want to learn about the Chinese culture because I always thought of myself as full Korean. I know I should have been more open minded, but I was young and did not know any better. As I grew older, I wanted to learn more about the culture. After all it is the country i grew up in. Since, I am a very shy person, I did not want to ask my parents or relatives about it. I did what I always did and researched online. I was aware of the holiday's my family celebrated, just not why. I received red envelope's with money and did not understand why. Later, my dad told me to save the money I received. In front of the envelope it says "Luck", like a good luck this year type of thing.I do not know what exactly triggered it, but after ,y dad told me, I just felt closer to the Chinese culture, country, and people. The red envelope is important to me because it was the eye opener I needed to know about my country's culture.      

Place(s): China
Year: 2009

– Jennifer Yin

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant