Wednesday, January 27, 2010
"How do you plan to include the culture and traditions of the country you have chosen in your family life?"
I know there is an Ethiopian restaurant in San Diego, because I used to drive by it all the time. But a visit to a restaurant isn't exactly a thorough way to make sure our child has a sense of his own heritage. So I was delighted to discover that just two hours north of us is a Los Angeles neighborhood called "Little Ethiopia." Every year there is a street fair, with all sorts of coffees, spices, and foods available, with locals performing traditional music and lots of dancing.
My mother was Russian-Jewish, and my father is Irish-Catholic, and my sisters and I were raised without a sense of either culture. One of my dearest friends is Indian, and I envy how much comfort she gets from the food, music, religion, and traditions of her culture. I want that for my child.
What's interesting is Little Ethiopia is located in the Fairfax district of L.A., which is a Jewish neighborhood. How very fitting for our Jewish-Ethiopian child, as we hopefully will give him a strong sense of both cultures.