Next, we passed by small souvenir shops, restaurants and bakeries while on our way to a Chinese school. This school was actually the Chinese school that Linda attended as a child every afternoon, AFTER going to regular American School during the day! While we took a water break at the steps of the Chinese school, Linda taught us how to read the Chinese characters for a few words like, one, two, three, four, man, big, house, door, and horse. Our next stop of the tour was at a Buddhist temple. Linda taught us about Siddhartha, his quest to find the meaning of life and how he came to be known as Buddha. Linda also showed us how to use these fortune sticks... Now I have to translate my fortune poem as homework! After our tour, Linda took us to our final destination: the restaurant! We had a delightful lunch: vegetarian egg rolls, chicken chow mien, fried rice, stir fried vegetables, beef with broccoli, and of course, fortune cookies!
I hope this trip has opened our 2nd graders' eyes into the history of our neighbors in Chinatown and how life is like today in that historical San Francisco district. Maybe your family can visit there soon!