1. Why do we have so many Chinese here in Georgia?
Many of the ancestors of the Chinese here in Georgia came to Augusta to help build the Augusta Canal in 1873. They stayed and created their own community both in Augusta and many other towns around Georgia, especially Atlanta. Many later became grocery store owners.
2. What customs do you follow in your home that provide a link between your family and the culture of the country/ countries from which your ancestors come?
Student answers will vary.
3. Think about the ways you celebrate New Year's Day in your family. What traditions have become a part of your family's celebration? Which ones are similar to the Chinese style of celebrating their new year?
Other than watching football games and parades on Jan. 1st, try to elicit from the students other traditions: grace said at the meal - maybe by a particular person, a certain dish that must be served and/or eaten by everyone (black-eyed peas?), visiting a relative's grave on that day, etc. The teacher might want to share customs or traditions in their own family in order to spur discussion.