"Banana leaves, rice, dried dates, string. My festival, cooped up at home. A little celebration for perseverance."
How does one find room for creativity within tradition? The young writers and artists featured this month answer this question by stepping outside of their comfort zones, shedding light on personal and cultural rituals with the voice of a new generation.
Chinese New Year, a digital drawing by Grace Li, depicts a girl wearing traditional qipao dress, bearing the dumplings and lanterns of festival. This impressive work bursts with visual details that tell us exactly what it is that makes the holiday special.
Likewise, "The Dragon Boat Festival", a personal essay by Catherine Tang, leads us through a journey of simple culinary pleasure and teachable moments.
Stepping us onto the court, Leo Yang's essay "Tennis" uses the frantic and fun pastime to illustrate a wholesome family dynamic.
And it is this act of coming together that breathes life into A Family Tradition, a digital drawing by Eason Tang that distills the concept of family down into a central setting: the round table, at mealtime.
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The contributing editors for this issue are Victor Xia, Kailani Ye, Cindy Cao. We'd like to thank our adult advisors, Yan Han and Shirley Tong, as well as the Emerald Parents Board, for their continued support.