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Finding roots - Closeups
September 2008 Issue
Cuisine is a part of everyone’s culture, with recipes passed down from generation to generation. Think paella in Spain, fish and chips in England and grits in the American South. For John Birchenall, right now it’s just an edible art project that he can mold with his chubby 3-year-old fingers. John and Kevin Kao, a UGA junior from Atlanta, are making rice balls, a traditional Japanese dish that can be eaten as a snack. Kao is John’s mentor through the Asian Children Mentoring Program, a UGA student organization that helps educate children adopted from Asian countries about the language, food and culture of their native land. “It’s really an organization that was created to fill in the gaps that adopted parents can’t fill culturally,” says Dorothy Boothe (BS’ 83, MS ’85, PhD ’91), the group’s advisor. “Most parents aren’t the same race as their adopted children.” Boothe founded the group in 2006, with Chen Lin (BS ’07), then president of two …
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