Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan!

Posted by Angie at 8:32 AM
Picture this:

Future Papa and I sitting on the couch.  
Flipping through Instant Watch Net*flix options.  
Nothing jumping out.

Future Papa starts flipping through the family category.  
We see this cute face.

That looks interesting.

We read about it.

If Dora and Diego popularized bilingualism, Kai-lan will weave together being bilingual and bicultural. Ni Hao, Kai-lan reinforces the idea that being bicultural and bilingual is being American.

The show will familiarize the viewing audience with elements of Chinese and Chinese American cultures to promote multicultural understanding in the next generation and goes beyond featuring culture as only ethnic food and festivals. Instead, it celebrates growing up in an intergenerational family, having friends from diverse backgrounds, and habits of the heart that are Chinese American.

We watch the first episode.
And off I go into dreamland.
Thinking about watching this with our future Taiwanese son or daughter.
Also, Ni Hao, Kai Lan has a great website!  
Full of activities and recipes
to make with little ones.
And so,
in the quiet moments of my day,
and sometimes even in the not so quiet ones,
I dream on about the future.
Much love,
Future Mama

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Sarah Habuda said...

Isn't it great? We discovered it a couple of months ago! I can't wait until we all can watch it with our kiddos! :)

Future Mama on July 27, 2011 at 8:54 AM said...

Totally agree Sarah!!  :-D

Alaythea said...

We love Kai-Lan! I hear my daughter quietly saying words in Chinese when I'm not in the room. I like her more then Dora now!!!

Future Mama on July 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM said...

That is so precious!

SassyAgapi on July 27, 2011 at 2:08 PM said...

Cute & very useful!

Brooke said...

How awesome - had no idea! Maybe it will help me with my Mandarin...I really need to get to work on that!

Katie Lindsey on July 28, 2011 at 7:37 PM said...

Hope the presentation went well!  :)

April Neilson Chism on July 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM said...

Most of the Mandarin we know is from Kai-Lan....maybe I shouldn't be admitting that!  We did a Kai-Lan 2nd birthday party for our daughter and we made the Rintoo and Tolee cupcakes from Nick Jr's website.  She doesn't watch the show anymore (she's all grown up now at 3 1/2, you know) but she still plays with her dolls and reads her books.  Kai-Lan items can be hard to find sometimes, but Target has some and eBay has all kinds of stuff you can't find elsewhere.

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