I had the opportunity to visit my family before starting classes. I’m not referring to my American family. I’m talking about my Chinese family. The perception of family in China is very different. In the United States we have parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, friends and strangers. In China, we are all just one big beautiful family. There are no friends or strangers just family members. We are all brothers and sisters, mothers and cousins. We don’t need official blood lines or family trees. This is a foreign concept Westerners find hard to understand. My Chinese mom, dad and sister immediately viewed me as family the moment we met. My experience was awesome! I kinda felt like an orphan being adopted at first, but my Chinese family quickly made me comfortable. It’s strange for Americans to understand this type of relationship, but what a beautiful way to interact with one another. My family did their best to make me feel at home. I was included in all aspects of “family”. My parents helped me with Chinese and I helped them with English. My 12 year old sister corrected my Chinese writing and I helped her with English homework. I helped my cousins in the garden, the preparation of food with grandma, played with my sister and experience what it’s like to be part of a Chinese family. What a wonderful experience! I hope one day my Chinese family will visit me in America. You know the door is always open for your family!