07 January 2010

Heritage and Culture

We have a new temporary display in the history room about Vietnam and the refugees experiences coming to Michigan. It is based on The Great Michigan Read book chosen this year "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" by Bich Minh Nguyen. The book is a memoir that tells of Bich Minh Nguyen's migration from Vietnam in 1975 to Grand Rapids Michigan in the 1980's.

After hearing the author speak I was reminded that each ethnic group has brought to America a part of their heritage through customs, foods, attitudes and beliefs. We are a melting pot of many cultures and we need to remember this. Just because someone has a different culture than we do this does not make them wrong or us right.

I also have been reminded how important to hold on to our heritage as genealogists we are always seeking information on our heritage but how many of us actually try to keep a little part of that culture or traditions alive? I would like to encourage everyone to think of a tradition and pass it down to your children and grandchildren make them aware of why we do this and where it came from. Give them a heritage they are proud of may be they too will write a book about their experiences and culture.

If you are looking for a good book to read pick up a copy of "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" and snuggle in for a good read.

1 comment:

  1. Terrific post! As the wife of a Vietnam vet and living in central Wisconsin where a large majority of Hmong have chosen to live, I look forward to your book suggestion.

    Your blog is one of my favorites - while I may not be the first to do so, I am presenting you with the Happy 101 Award. You can pick up your award at http://anaharcockermom.blogspot.com/2010/01/happy-101-award.html




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