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They Think I'm Chinese!

They Think I'm Chinese!
[LEFT] "ON ME PRENDS POUR UNE CHINOISE" ("They Think I'm Chinese!") - a Film by Nicole Giguère & "CHINEAS GIRLS" art from IRELAND by Lin Ye, age 4 [RIGHT]

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Exhibit in Miniatures Scenes of Traditional Process of Making Porcelain Vases, Capital Museum, Beijing

When I was last in Beijing, I was enchanted by this exhibit at the Capital Museum in Beijing. Many other beautiful objects d'art as well, but these scenes really captivated me. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Two Great Videos of Fireworks in Beijing! Happy Lunar Year!

I have been in Beijing twice during the celebrations for the New Year. The experience is unforgettable as the whole world explodes into the most deafening, colorful, non-stop fireworks
for hours, even days...!

Welcome in the New Year vicariously by watching these two videos!



Love, Mei-Mei

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Be Prepared for Dramatic Beginning of the Year of the Goat/Sheep

Am copying a post by Edward Liu from Voices of Chinatowns on Facebook. Hope you are able take in some of the excitement. Direct quote from Edward Liu:

Let the curtain rises....... from the East. The YEAR OF THE GOAT is soon to be ushered in with a signature "culture coming out" this Thursday on China's CCTV.
It may not be as dazzling and spectacular as the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games opening ceremonies spectacular show....... but it will be telling of where China is headed and plans to steer its "culture capital" in the year ahead.

I encourage all those who follow and appreciate China and its unique culture, lifestyle and value-system to watch carefully and enjoy this year's "YEAR OF THE GOAT" annual Spring gala TV show being broadcast by CCTV on the 18th February, 2015.
In this year's cultural performance and content, from music, dance, drama, acrobatics, martial arts, folk performances, cross-talks, comedy......36 shows in a "mix-and-match" style reflecting China's enriched folk arts and diverse styles and indigenous cultures, including its cultural minorities...... one can discern and learn about the "cultural trajectory" that China is headed.
CCTV is under mandate to rekindle Chinese renewal and debunk the schlick-schlock of Pop Hollywood razzle-dazzle, less "tits and asses" and no hokey, hackneyed, vulgar material.
Never mind Hollywood hyper-stimulation, the Oscar, the Golden Globe, or the Emmys........let Americans have their shows. China can and must do better.
China is not the West. And China will never be the West.
China and its people will plod along, on its own path, in its own way, consolidating the inner essence and enduring values that have sustained its culture and peoples through 5,000 years of history.
Watch for the "software" side, not just the hardware side of the presentation.
Watch intelligently, reasonably, and sensitively.

CCTV's annual Spring Festival gala TV show is ready to go, as the last rehearsal wrapped up on Monday and the final rundown has been released.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Story of a Leaf: Where it Originated and its Travels to the Ocean

While in Hawaii, there were so many extraordinary sights to photograph that I almost felt overwhelmed. This series of photographs is symbolic of the way I view an individual's journey through life. It could also be seen in reverse. You choose!



Wishing all One Worlders a memorable Valentine's Day! A little late but no less heartfelt.

Love, Mei-Mei

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A few glimpses of Hawaii

Dear One Worlders,

Sorry that I have been missing in action for so long! Between writing commitments, travel and snow storms [seven feet with another 8-12 inches on the way this weekend!], life has been busier than usual.

Would like to share a few photos from the thousands I took on the Big Island [Hilo and Kona] and on Kauai. It was my first visit to Hawaii and the beauty and diversity of the landscape and communities exceeded all expectations. May have to post photos in several batches as the files are so large.

Enjoy! Hope you are well and looking forward both to Valentine's day and the Chinese New Year! Celebrate joyfully!

Flowers, mainly orchids

Many more photos on their way!
Much love. Hope that some of you have looked at Dear Wonderful You!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holiday Season to All!!!

Dear One Worlders,

Thinking of you all, scattered as we are all over the world, yet so closely connected. Wishing you a fabulous season of celebrations and a New Year full of new friendships, adventures, discoveries both about yourselves and the world around you.

Will write more before 2015!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Something to Brighten Your Day!

Dear One Worlders,

With so much going on in the world, turmoil and uncertainty, I thought you might enjoy watching something unusual and of beauty. Please click or copy and paste the following links into your browser.

Click on first link:

Apparently this owl was forced into lake by two hawks, accomplished this amazing feat and was even able to take flight with wet wings!

Hope that everyone is well and getting ready for the holidays. I am in Tuscany where it is raining non stop. Was able to take a few photos here and there but nothing like usual.

Thinking of everyone!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dear Wonderful You - Meet the Writers (Extended Version)

Dear One Worlders,

Back again after a hiatus. Lovely to see all the activity and welcome new contributors! I thought you might be interested in hearing many of the authors whose letters appear in "Dear Wonderful You," talk about the process of writing their letter. Both Jen and I appear.

Sending you love and happy thoughts from windy, rainy Tuscany!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Other Shoe

When I was adopted, I was wearing a pair of red shoes. My adoptive mother gave one shoe to my foster my mother, so that she would always remember me. Now as we leave tomorrow to find her, I hope that she will remember me and still have the shoe.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wonderful Trip to Washington, D.C. - and Warm Welcome to Melissa Yeung, CCI Board Member & New One World Contributor

Dear One Worlders and Friends,

What luck to have met two beautiful fellow One Worlders yesterday during one of my rare sojourns (for 1.5 days) in Washington, D.C.! Susan Orlins, author, fellow One Worlder and Mom to One World co-founder, Sabrina Orlins, generously welcomed us into her gorgeous home. Susan, Jessie and I have been corresponding for some time, but this was our first meeting in person (do you think that I was a little nervous and excited?).
We even met Susan's famous four-legged family member (also in Susan's memoir), Casey!
And we made dinner in her lovely kitchen (we loved green counter, plush & lush pillows and her hand-painted backsplash tiles). Susan told us about her latest projects, including work as editor of STREET SENSE, the DC Metro Area Newspaper committed to transforming lives. We were inspired by her commitment to social issues, and her outreach work. Bravo, Susan! You can order Susan's memoir by clicking here.

Jessie Lutz told us a bit about her studies at university, and I shared a bit about my trip to Monet's gardens in Giverny, France (more on this later). Just off to the airport! Thank you, Jessie and Susan, for sharing your stories with us, and for making my D.C. stop-over so special. 

Meanwhile, we'd like to extend a warm welcome to new One Worlder Melissa Yeung, CCI Board Member, to our global community. Looking forward to hearing your stories!

Much Love, 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Advocating for Special Needs Orphans this Christmas Season...

HI Everyone,
i'm new to this blog and was introduced to it by Jennifer. i had the privilege of meeting Jennifer during a writer's seminar and it was wonderful to connect with her and be introduced to all of you.

A little about me - i'm Sandra. Home is, at the moment, Switzerland. i write, i blog, i manage the home - but most importantly, i advocate for special needs orphans. i was introduced to the heartbreaking and amazing world of special needs orphans more than 2 years ago and i fell head-over-heels into the lives of these precious children. i have not and may never meet any of them but they have no voice and i felt led to be a voice for them. i work mainly with Reece's Rainbow, which is an advocate ministry where these kiddos are available for adoption are listed and advocated for. Where possible, an adoption grant is open for the child.

Every Christmas season Reece's Rainbow holds an extra special fundraising/awareness building campaign, called Angel Tree, from 1st November till 31st Decemeber. During this period, anyone can sign up (actually sign up happens in October) to an Angel Tree Warrior for a specific child. The mission is to build awareness of the child's need for a family as well as raise US$1000 for the child's adoption grant.

i'm writing here to ask for YOUR HELP!

JASPER, waiting for his forever family.
He needs to be adopted by 1st January 2015.
i'm the Angel Tree Warrior for JASPER - who is desperately running out of time for a forever family. He is such a sweetheart. He was abandoned at 8 years and has lived at an institution ever since, waiting for a family to come for him. His special needs are Down Syndrome, undescended testis and some dental issues. These are not huge special needs and in another country he would have had the help he needed long ago. He still can - he needs to be adopted before 1st January 2015. So a paper-ready (homestudy already done, approved for 2 but bringing home only 1 at the moment) family needs to step up for him.

i have an online shop, Angel Crafts Shop, where i sell handmade hair accessories, keyrings and bracelets. 50% of all sales during November & December will go to JASPER's adoption grant. Please stop by, browse and make a purchase.

Here is one of the art-pieces in the Art Giveaway.
i am also running an Art Giveaway - i have 2 commissioned pieces of artwork up for grabs - taking part is as easy as sharing JASPER's profile page. See here for details.

There will be 2 more fundraising/awareness building events coming up... stay tuned.

Please do contact me directly (sandra_chia (at) hotmail (dot) com) should you have any questions.
You can also read more about JASPER and other orphans on my blog, trippingdifferently.com

Thank you so very much.
sandra yc

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Short Video Introducing Several Authors of "Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted and Fostered Youth."

This video made by Bryan Tucker, documentary filmmaker, is less than 5 minutes long but gives initial feeling for some of the authors of the anthology, "Dear Wonderful You." There is also an extended video about an hour long for those interested.




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TWIN SISTERS (New York Times film review)

"Everything about the Norwegian film “Twin Sisters” seems too good to be true. The stars are a pair of adorable 10-year-olds as energetic as they are well-adjusted. The supporting players look like the four nicest, most supportive parents you could meet. The story hinges on a set of fateful coincidences that profoundly change the lives of everyone involved. “Twin Sisters” is a documentary, though, so there’s no need to suspend disbelief.
Mona Friis Bertheussen’s film, showing on Monday night in the PBS series “Independent Lens,” is an Asian-adoption story. Movies in that genre are typically about grown-ups, often the filmmakers themselves, seeking out the biological families they’ve never known. “Twin Sisters” turns that narrative on its head...."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Young Performers from Inner Mongolia. Astounding.

Last week I had the joy of spending over two hours watching and listening to 20 students from Inner Mongolia, between the ages of 15 and 18 dance and sing at the Townshend, Vt. High School. Since 1999 there has been a unique exchange program between the Arts College of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot and Leland and Gray. The reciprocal influence of the two cultures on many hundreds of students and their families has been stunning. I video taped many of the gorgeous performances but have been unable to upload them on Youtube. The throat singing was amazing, as well as instrumentals and collaborative pieces between East and West. Have never heard such a memorable rendition of the "Yellow Submarine."
Waiting for my son to help out! Stay tuned. In the meantime, here are some photos [which don't begin to do justice to the artistry of these young professionals. 

Love, Mei-Mei

Congratulations to Ruthanne Lum McCunn! Check out her new novel, "CHINESE YANKEE"

Cover of Chinese Yankee

Dear One Worlders and Friends,

As many of you know, Ruthanne Lum McCunn has been one of my favourite authors since I was 11 and first wrote to her about her amazing novel, THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD. Her new book, CHINESE YANKEE, is based on a true story. Check it out! 

Ruthanne spent much of her youth in Hong Kong, and her family roots come from China and Scotland. I'll always remember the hand-written letter she mailed to my house in Laguna Beach (when I was 11), telling me how much she admired "survivors" (the stars of her stories). Of all the 6th graders in my class -- all of whom wrote to their "favourite author" -- Ruthanne was the sole author to write back. Do you think my chubby, 11-year-old bibliophile self was just a little excited...? (I still have her letter.)

Congratulations, Ruthanne!

Much Love, Jennifer

"Dear Jennifer,
CHINESE YANKEE, the incredible true story of enslaved orphan Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way) who fought for his freedom in the Civil War and for family and justice his entire life. Yes, an orphan from Hong Kong.  So it's a story I feel especially close to...
Ruthanne Lum McCunn"


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted and Fostered Youth IS OUT!

Just a quick post to let you know that our book has come out early!

Print copy of "Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted and Fostered Youth", co-edited by Diane Rene' Christian and Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman, is available for purchase as of NOW. 


E-version available as of Nov.29th. Both videos, long and short, introducing authors, should be up very soon as well as "first look."

This is a very special book, written from the heart.

'THE YEAR SHE LEFT US' by Kathryn Ma (New York Times review)

From the New York Times:

"At the heart of Kathryn Ma’s haunting first novel, “The Year She Left Us,” is a young woman who loses her way. Ari is 18 and home from a summer in China, where she worked for a company that takes Western families with adopted Chinese girls on “heritage tours.” They visit the orphanages and, sometimes, the places where the abandoned babies were first found: police stations, department stores and random patches of dirt by the side of the road. For these orphans, their “Finding Day” may be the closest approximation to the simple commonplace most of us take for granted — a birthday..."


Friday, October 24, 2014

Gregory Maguire's full review

Thought you might like to read Gregory's review [he has three adopted children of his own].

“I've always loved that the word we use for a personal written message is the same word we use for the alphabetical building blocks we share with a newly literate five-year-old, with Shakespeare, and with one another. Letters bind us across distance, across time, and across difference. Here are letters to be cherished. They link one to the next with chains of hard-won feeling and wisdom.” 
— Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Dear Wonderful You, Letters for Adopted and Fostered Youth," to be released on November 1, 2014

Am thrilled to announce that both the hard cover and e-version of " Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted and Fostered Youth," are about to come out. You may actually pre-order the e-version on Amazon as of this Friday. Hard copy and e-version will be released on November 1st.

Gregory Maguire [of Wicked and many other wonderful books], has written a lovely advance review for the book.

Hope you will buy it and spread the word on your FB pages!

Much love,


Both Jen and I have contributed a letter.