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CFC: What we’ve been up to…

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CFC: What we’ve been up to…

Uncle Greg, Uncle Nelson, and Auntie Elysa quickly review the past few days: Tuesday evening was spent scavenging Amish Acres for peacocks, old Camp T-shirts, and pictures of the Auntie of the Day, as well as making up dances to the Camp song as a part of a fun and challenging scavenger hunt.  The winning team had a suspiciously off-the-charts high score, and got to be first in line for a special treat. Auntie Karen was Auntie of the Day on Tuesday. Here she is captured making a “sad face” for the scavenger hunt. She might make me take this down… shhh… don’t tell her it’s here 😉 Following the scavenger hunt, Camp Director Uncle Lawrence landed the coup of Camp by getting the daughter and granddaughters of the founder of Amish Acres to open the ice cream parlor for us for our evening snack. The winners of the scavenger hunt got first dibs on the $2 malts, shakes, floats, and ice cream (two scoops!). We were so well-behaved that they invited us back next year 🙂 When Uncle Lawrence came out of the bingqilin parlor, some of us surprised him with a can-can dance to ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ to thank him for making that happen. Uncle Lawrence responded with an open jawed ‘huh?’ Aww… nothing like friends, family, and ice cream on a summer evening. Yesterday (Wednesday) was truly ideal. The weather cleared up and was beautiful, and we went to Ideal Beach. We raced down the water slides and managed to have loads of fun in the lake even though the lifeguards weren’t too happy with some of our, uh, water etiquette. CFC water etiquette. We spent yesterday evening under the spell of Kevin the magician, who brought up volunteers, threatened to cut off Uncle Lawrence’s hand, and conjured up an adorably fluffy rabbit named Tricksy. We got to pet Tricksy in small group sessions after the main show. Today we bao’ed nearly 600 jiaozi and Uncle Joe took them home for some good ol’ Indiana home-style cookin’. In the evening we watched Kung-Fu Panda 2 (for the kids) and Mao’s Last Dancer (for the adults, some of whom cried). While we ate our jiaozi during midnight snack time, some of us talked with Ginnie and Bethy Lo through a Google Hangout video chat about their new book Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic. If you missed it, you can watch the recording below (and watch us persevere through the Amish Acres internet connection). Join us tomorrow for more hanging out by following this link! The plan is to play Trivial Pursuit with campers from all over the country! It’s well past midnight and we’re still blogging, and adult Chinese yo-yo training only recently packed up. Hope we’re all awake and ready for Kingkalympics...

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CFC 2012 Day 2!

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It was a great second day of camp! Kingka coaches have been recruited, teams are forming and practice is in full swing. Tomorrow morning we’ll have the document camera that Uncle Carl sent us in the Barn Grill so we can learn more tricks and hints for learning the Level 2 characters. Our second annual Kingkalympics will be held on Friday. Mason Lee has been promoted from team player to coach. Go Hong, Lu, Cheng and Zi Teams! (Colors, anyone?) Bowling this afternoon. The Green Team (notice a theme?) of Uncle John, Uncle Greg, Aunt Caryn and Aunt Helen tried hard to out bowl Uncle Joe but Joe Lee made a comeback with four strikes in a row in his last four frames. Abby, Chrissy and Lan-Jian did an amazing job with the Scavenger Hunt — details on this evening’s Scavenger Hunt tomorrow as there are three minutes to Lilac Room evacuation, according to Uncle Allen. Good Night All! –Auntie...

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Welcome to Chinese Family Camp 2012!

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Greetings from Amish Acres! So we’re wrapping up the first full day of Camp. This morning we ate breakfast as it rained (thunder and lightning and all), and then played the first Kingka of 2012. Then the kids learned some ribbon dance moves from our 2012 CFC Resident Artist PeiPei Shen. In the afternoon we played kickball and then cooled off in the pool. In the evening we played Chinese bingo (with Chinese words/characters rather than the usual B-7’s). The apple butter grand prize for adults went to Linda Warenberg, and the rubber band ball grand prize for children went to Mason Lee! We’re wrapping up snack now, which was lots of tasty fruit (including xigua), jiaozi, and egg rolls. And now some thoughts on the first day from Campers: i played mah jong and it was fun –Abby K. i went to the pool. freezing!!! –Jamie Chao chinese bingo was kinda fun and i got a rubber band ball!!! –Mason Lee As usual, the kids are all having a blast, swimming and playing together.  The little kids are sitting on the laps of the big kids.  The players have changed, though.  My kids are now holding the younger kids on their laps instead of being the ones on the laps.  They are all growing up so fast!!! Uncle Dan Rumreich is again running the mah jong game….And snack tonight was dumplings, egg rolls, and fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, plums).  The 200 dumplings went in a flash, and everything else was gone, too. –Auntie Linnea And thoughts from the Auntie of the Day–Helen Chang:I am always amazed that no matter where camp is held it is still Chinese Family Camp. When camp was relocated to Amish Acres my family was unable to attend the first 2 years. Last year, Lan-Jian and I came for the weekend.  We left camp with the warm feeling that is still camp no matter the place.Enjoy your time here. –Auntie...

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Wrapping it up

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This time of the year is hardest part of the day saying goodbye though it was a great year. The festival was amazing one because i didnt have to do anything and also because the skit were funny. Though I realized that I have been going to camp since i was 7 and I am 15. So basically i am saying is that life goes fast. some of uncles are losing there hair, preteens are maturing and new camper are coming. Its been a great year -abigail nielsen

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Blog post from Mason

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Blog post from Mason

On Friday, we had breakfast and then went upstairs.  In the preteen demonstration, we learned about Emperor Chen who rejected trade and Emperor Puyi who ascended to the throne at age 2.  After that, we went back to the hotel to play kickball.  Before the last inning, one team was ahead 4-3 but the other team made a comeback and won 4-8.  After that we had lunch and started the Kingka-lympics.  The Qing team won  After that, we had about a 3-hour break and had dinner.  Next we listened to the DJ and everone had a great time.  We had ice cream as our midnight snack to end the day.  Everyone here is friendly and intelligent and that’s what I appreciate about camp! By: Mason...

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More education!!!

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More education!!!

One of the interesting things we learned in education was the meaning of the phrase:  “Ting mama de hua” and we learned a song to go with the phrase!  It means “Listen to your mother”.  Karen Ward and the Emperor emphasized the importance of this concept, and we hope that it lives on in the memories of the pre-teens and teens forever! We finished the dance night with lots of enthusiasm, and now are all visiting and playing games in the “Lilac Room”, where we have been meeting for games all week.  More campers have joined us, and we are busy catching up.  It is so wonderful to see everyone and to hear the happy and loud chatter!...

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DAY 5 CHINESE FAMILY CAMP!

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DAY 5 CHINESE FAMILY CAMP!

Last night the teen girls watched the horror movie “case 39”, we were up pretty late so it was really hard to get up this morning. Most of the teens arrived during the middle of pre-teen/teen education, missing all of breakfast and morning sing. For pre-teen/teen Ed, uncle Nelson was the emperor of the day. He taught us all about the dynasty his emperor lived in. Close after, grandma flora taught us about Chinese characters and calligraphy. We then got some hard core practice for the kingkalympics tomorrow! For lunch we had sloppy joes and hot dogs, afterwards we wrapped jiao dza(dumplings) for 3hrs! After wrapping 500 jiao dzas the teen girls went to Madelyn and meredith’s house to fry and boil them. we missed dinner becuase we were cooking jioa dza for 4hrs straight. When we got back to the hotel, we decided we should take a much needed dip in the pool. During the evening the camp had the choice of watching “the karate kid” movie, or whatching a concert consisting of music from the 50’s and 60’s. Later on, we had late night snack whis was the jiao dza we made,cantaloupe, and watermelon(yummy)! So that’s pretty much it for the day! I’m really sad to see that camp is almost over with only 2 days...

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Miss Breakfast, Stay up til 2am…tradition.

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Miss Breakfast, Stay up til 2am…tradition.

Today seemed extremely long, but totally worth it. It began with my sister and I waking up at 10:30, oops. I guess when you stay up late watching a horror movie going over why everything happened. However, our sleep was much needed because it was THE DAY to make jiao dze (jow-dza) aka potstickers aka dumplings aka the best midnight snack ever. All of the little kids helped mix and wrap and when we were finally done, my dad, sister, Krissy, Andrea, and Abby went all the way back to our house to cook them all. After four hours of tedious labor frying and boiling, they were finally complete. We missed dinner, but when we arrived back at the hotel, we were all ready to go swimming. Our swimming time was short lived because my sister brother dad and I went to the show at the round barn theater which consisted of music from the 50s and 60s. The most entertaining part was watching the grandparents dance because our lack of knowledge from that time period. Finally, we came back to everyone playing games such as Mah Jong or just carrying on their own conversations while eating potstickers. This year of camp has really been different without the older “teens”! We miss them all! Now going to play the traditional DUTCH BLITZ!!! peace...

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Calligraphy – not just for old folks

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Calligraphy – not just for old folks

A tip if you are ever planning on portraying a Chinese emperor: make sure your facial hair is firmly attached to your face prior to appearing in public! We did more calligraphy today than we’ve done in the previous 10 years of Chinese Family Camp – perhaps more!  We started with a lecture about Chinese calligraphy from Grandma Flora Lee, and, in addition, received a ROUSING pep talk about  Planning – Thinking – Acting as a way to be successful in calligraphy and life. Who knew putting an inkbrush to paper had such lessons? The kids worked on tracing the characters from the still hipTang dynasty poem: “Thoughts on a Moonlit Night” by Li Bai. At lunch, the kids experimented with a dessert creation (probably recreated from the Sui Dynasty) of two chocolate chip cookies sandwiching a layer of chocolate pudding.  Camp Director Wang was awarded two of these delicacies and pronounced them “pretty good!” In respect for the ridiculous high heat, Uncle Joe Lee cancelled the kickball game. Instead, we competed in the field of culinary sports by making pot-stickers. Roughly 500 of them. It was a hit – many campers made a variety of shapes and sizes of pot stickers, some of which may actually survive the ritual boiling in an edible form. This is Allen Yang, signing...

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Wednesday Highlights

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Wednesday Highlights

 I can’t believe we did so many great activities all on one day! We started off with a fun lesson about Chinese history. Uncle Greg Louie dressed up like an emperor and played the role of emperor Taizu of the Song dynasty. He told us about how he became emperor and how he left his throne. Uncles dressed up as emperors is a good way to learn the Chinese history. Bowling was fun as usual and it is a great way to have family fun time. I did my personal best rolling 2 strikes in a row followed by a spare. I had a really good time. This year’s scavenger hunt was different from the others – we had to figure out some pretty odd things. Finding the number and ages of the new camper family (the Chow’s from Michigan/Texas/California), and finding the home province of each grandparent – especially when some of the grandparents were not willing to tell! The previous years’ hunts mostly involved finding household items. The campfire was conveniently located outside the restaurant, and the high heat of the fire drove off the few mosquitos that were still able to fly in the tropical heat of inner Indiana.There were enough marshmallows and Hershey’s chocolate to feed the whole camp twice over, and everyone was running pretty hot already, so the hotel brought out some water and some of the uncles brought out ice cubes and bottled water. It is a fantastic tradition that should continue for another century. -Eric...

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