An IES ThanksgivingShanghai, Fall 2009
We may not be in the United States, but that did not mean we had to miss out on a favorite American holiday, Thanksgiving. To celebrate, IES threw a special Thanksgiving dinner for us, our language partners, teachers, and friends. Our dinner included favorites like turkey and gravy (of course!), cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and creamed corn. There were a couple of unusual dishes added to the menu, like shrimp cocktail and stuffed sausages, but it was all delicious nevertheless. There were also plenty of desserts, the fresh fruits being my favorite. Surprisingly, I did NOT go overboard and stuff myself like I usually do.
After dinner, we had a performance of students singing songs and dancing, a common Chinese tradition at gatherings. Although I fought against the thought of performing–mainly because I just wanted to eat and socialize–I must admit that I did enjoy myself. My Chinese class and I sang a couple of Chinese songs that we learned, while another class performed the story of Thanksgiving.
And that’s how we celebrated Thanksgiving in China.
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