Ember Swift Interview Part 2 - How China Changed Her Life | Speaking of China

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  1. askdsk
    askdsk February 1, 2013 at 9:19 am | | Reply

    Beautiful story.
    Toronto is much better place to raise a kid. I think the idea of having your kid to read and write Chinese is not so important. Cultural exposure and verbal communication is enough for her well being. She can decide to pick up the language more later in life. Toronto also provides access to anything Chinese. Moving back to Canada at 10 is also a little late. I would avoid any formal schooling in China all together. Her husband will have some tough time in Canada. But it is a good price to pay for such relationship.

  2. centaur
    centaur February 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm | | Reply

    Ember, I hope you’re reading responses to this article — kudos to you for giving birth to and raising a baby in China. The stress of the new born, language, MIL, food, diapers, formula, education etc., etc., when I try to picture what you are going through the last ten minutes of “2001 A Space Odyssey ” comes to mind.

    You’re now connected to China by blood, and that changes the perspective of a lot of things — you’re no longer a lao wai, you’re the mother of a child who will identify herself to be Chinese (and Canadian). Try to speak English exclusively to her — it would be a wonderful gift when she grows up.

  3. Sveta
    Sveta February 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm | | Reply

    Good luck and a really sweet story by the way. Happy New Years!

  4. forest
    forest February 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm | | Reply

    Incredible love story! Wish you all doing well.

  5. askdsk
    askdsk February 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm | | Reply

    I like how she explained the dilemma of having a mother-in-law “hijack” her baby.

  6. PhilipCaruso
    PhilipCaruso February 2, 2013 at 7:48 am | | Reply

    Such a good interview, lovely story and cute baby!! :)

  7. PhilipCaruso
    PhilipCaruso February 2, 2013 at 7:50 am | | Reply

    This is a very good interview and such a sweet story and cute baby!! :)

  8. E. Woo
    E. Woo February 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm | | Reply

    The Chinese population in Toronto is so large that continuing Echo’s Chinese education there should be quite “doable”, albeit requiring some extra effort. If she already possess grade school level literacy, she’ll be way ahead of the Canadian Born Chinese kids. Getting comfortable with English and French, that’s a different matter.

  9. forest
    forest February 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm | | Reply

    I saw a white girl on subway reading a Chinese novel with traditional characters. Man, I can’t even do that. I guess you can master a second language in English speaking environment after all.

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