We were invited to perform for the first annual conference of Chinese Medical Association of Atlanta （亞特蘭大華人醫學會), which was first established almost thirty years ago with just a few members. The turn out was great for such an organization and there were a number of good educational talks. The event lasted the whole day, from 12:30-10PM.
After afternoon’s educational talks, family members joined the physicians in a buffet style dinner. The evening’s performances started after dinner and there were about 8 performances.
For us, only DD#1 “Charlotte”, almost 15, and I performed this time, as I haven’t had more time to work with DD#2 on her song with my new work schedule. As I started learning bass guitar only a few months ago, I have had more time to work on it since our Chinese New Year’s performance. For her first song, Charlotte performed 周華健‘s “朋友“ again, as this is a different crowd. This time, I have learned enough to play the bass accompaniment for her. Then, she played Ben E King’s “Stand By Me”. It is such a simple but beautiful song and the bass accompaniment is pretty cool to play. Our performance was a hit and we got so many compliments for it.
As before, Charlotte is the only heritage child (well, teen now, besides DD#2) who really spoke and/or sing anything in Chinese. We typically get such good feed backs from the audiences afterward. I think seeing her hard earned Chinese proficiency put into such good use again and again this past year reinforces Charlotte’s willingness to continue learning the language and truly accept it as part of her heritage. Chinese is now part of her skill sets that she can use to socialize, perform and entertain, and reach out to the local Chinese community for volunteering and service opportunities.