Experiencing Chinese New Year, Age 18, Far Away from Home
Haoyuan Liu 1/30/2013
Summary: I experienced the Chinese New Year without my family, far away from home.
When I was 18 years old, I left my hometown in China, Chengdu, and came to America to study. I have been gone 14 long months. Have you ever been badly homesick? Have you ever felt lonely? Admittedly, I do have such feelings since then. I miss my home. Curiously, I find that handwriting letters can help me stay in touch with my family and friends better than typing letters electronically on the computer or another device. People who receive a handwritten letter will feel special, since the writer took the time and energy to communicate in an old-fashioned way. During holidays, especially the biggest one in my country, Chinese New Year, I miss my home from the bottom of my heart. Then I like to write down the name of people who I miss, which definitely makes me feel I’m kind of closer to them, at least a little bit. Traditionally, during the New Year, people in China like to get together with their family to celebrate this special holiday. I can’t help but recall what I was doing in China during the New Year. That is my favorite time.
Chinese New Year is approaching. Everybody in every culture wants to be home on a holiday, particularly such a big one. I think of the song in America: I’ll be home for Christmas. Its last verse is the following: Christmas Eve will find me/Where the love light gleams/I'll be home for Christmas/If only in my dreams. At age 19 and still in America, I too feel that I will be home for Chinese New Year, “if only in my dreams.”
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