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高中并不那么吓人

对初中生来说,高中是一个有点吓人的神秘的世界:功课太多,压力大。

首先,不要害怕,人人都要上高中。如果他们都没事,你也肯定没事。高中其实不像大家说的那么难。如果你好好学习和做作业,你会过关。那些喊着“我的功课太多了!”或者“我每天做作业到早上三点钟!”的人肯定是没有好好利用时间。我知道,因为我曾经是那样的人,把作业拖到半夜最后一刻才做,有的工作没办法按时完成;也当过好好用时间的人,一回家就把作业完成了。如果你很好地管理时间,你不会觉得高中有那么紧张。

有些家长说高中功课重,觉得孩子周末不应该出去玩。但是,我没有觉得周末出去玩影响了我的学习。当然,我还没有经历过高中里最难的十一年级。我的作业是在星期五晚上做完的。甚至,我每个星期六都花差不多七个小时在我的芭蕾舞学院里,所以是能做到的。这也是我为什么不太相信人家说他们周末没空做作业的原因。

选课不一定非要跟你的朋友选一样的,因为大家兴趣不同。你应该选自己想上的课。九、十年级应该选难一点的课,但是十一、十二年级不一定非要选最难的课。很多人会想,“这个课不会太难的,我肯定能做的了。”没错,如果他只上这一门课,他肯定会成功。但是,如果他同时选七门超难的课,十有八九他会失败。如果你选一门课仅仅是为了成绩单好看,却没有兴趣,你其实是在浪费时间。

很多家长想让孩子上好大学,会经常用不太好的办法去追求这个目标,比如从很小的年级就开始培训SAT的技能,参加很多他们认为大学会喜欢的活动。其实,大学看的不是你参加了几个活动,而是你是否真正喜欢你做的事情,不是为了给大学一个好印象。如果你参加太多活动,你不可能把每一个都做得好。所以,你应该专注于你最爱的活动。

高中生活不等于只有学习一件事情。学习很重要,但是学会放松也很重要。不然,生活会太无聊。不要太关注你的成绩。如果你真的用功了,但没得到你想要得到的分数,不要太失望。我的一位老师跟我讲的一句话是,“如果五年之后你不会担心这件事情,你不需要现在太过度地担心它。”

最后,我想对家长们说,孩子们需要一点时间出去跟朋友一起交流。这对他们的精神健康很重要。

这些是我两年高中生活得到的智慧。愿你享受求知,享受生活,享受高中的每一天。

                                                                                                                   侨报小记者爽

十一年级)大华府

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Amy Chua改了我先入为主的看法

by Cynthia Chen

几个星期前,我参加了蔡美儿(Amy Chua)的一个讲座。蔡美儿是很多人都认识的虎妈。去之前, 我对她有很多先入为主的看法。我不得不承认我对她和她的讲座有怀疑的态度。我心想她是一个心胸狭窄的人,一个认为严格的教育是唯一让孩子成功的办法。我以为我会听到一个人漫谈怎样当好家长和她的孩子多么棒。但是,我错了。这个心胸狭窄的人其实是我,因为我没真正了解她之前就已经在头脑里对她有了偏见。去这个活动之前,我在网上搜索了关于她的一些资料,找到她的Wikipedia网页。我在上面读到一些其他人评论她的文章。有些文章是在谴责她。这样,我在读这些评论的时候,我对她的看法特别差。因此,网上写的这些信息更加深了我对她的偏见。

我认为她对培养孩子的看法是刻板的亚裔观点。我问我自己,“为什么那么多人想买她的书,想听她把这个刻板的亚裔育儿观更广泛地传播到社会上?”

结果证明,我对她的每一个想法都是错误的。当她讲话的时候,我还是对她有点偏见。可能是因为她在台上对着很多人讲话,让我觉得她说得冠冕堂皇。但,我对她的想法彻底改变的时候是当CAPA JRC,我参加的小记者俱乐部,得到了一个机会面对面的采访她。当我们采访她,我们发现她并没有那么严格。我们发现她其实跟她的女儿们在晚上看电影,也在她的书里把她的女儿们写的像英雄一样,她们赢了所有的辩论。

我感觉到她确实是一个思想开明的人。她很有文化,也对很多事情有自己的看法。她在回答问题时,她的答案和看法很显然是她自己的。如果她跟别人有不同的看法,她一定会有很合理的解释。她对社会的亚裔情况比如平权有很多的观点。

活动后,我便非常地喜欢蔡美儿了。但是,我从这个机会让我印象最深的是我不应该从别人的嘴里了解一个人,特别是我没有遇见过的人。人的第一个印象对记忆和看法非常深,所以用自己的眼睛和自己的想法来了解一个人是一件非常重要的事情。

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CAPA-MC Continues Summer Lectures through the Heat

Introduction 

by Claire Yu and Eileen Luo, edited by Lillian Zhou

Despite the sweltering heat on Friday, July 19th, 2019, over 150 people gathered in the Walter Johnson High School cafeteria to attend the College Application Seminar. The speaker was Hu XianXiang, also known as Wuchuanren, a man who is well known for his accomplishments in the field of children’s education. The event was organized and brought to Montgomery County by Chinese American Parent Association of Montgomery County (CAPA-MC).   From 7pm to 9pm, the audience was attentive, listening to Wuchuanren as he shared advice on how to best position yourself in the college application process and what one should expect from different colleges. 

Wuchuanren’s second seminar took place from 4 to 6pm the following day (Saturday, July 20th, 2019) at Winston Churchill High School. As someone who had lost a family member to cancer, and who had undergone various complicated procedures regarding the treatment of this cancer, Wuchuanren empathized with those who had close connections to fatal illnesses. In hopes of preparing his audience with the legal knowledge required and supporting the audience emotionally for similar scenarios, Wuchuanren gave in-depth advice at this seminar regarding health concerns for middle-aged people.

 

Speaker Background

By Amy He, edited by Lillian Zhou

 

Hu XianXiang started his blog on wenxuecity.com in 2010 under the name “Wuchuanren”, which focused on discussing parental strategies to raise successful children. He published a book in 2013 which guided Chinese parents and their children through the college application process and provided tips to families who aim for their children to attend a top college. In 2015, Wuchuanren began to post his articles on WeChat and created WeChat groups with a focus on child education. In total, over 2,000 Chinese parents from all over the world participated in these groups. Later, he used his public WeChat account to reach wider audiences, and hosted many seminars regarding child education.

In 2019, Wuchuanren created a new WeChat group expressing his thoughts about medical treatment in the United States. This year, he has held additional seminars on medical treatment for major illnesses for free in many states across the country.

 

Ai Ling Guan Memorial Scholarship Fund

By Emily Zhang, edited by Lillian Zhou

The Ai Ling Guan Memorial Scholarship was founded by Wuchuanren to commemorate his wife’s lasting impact on her students and her passion for teaching the Chinese language to students overseas. Ms. Ai Ling Guan taught Chinese for over 30 years. This scholarship was set up by her family to continue her legacy of supporting students and teachers studying the Chinese language in the US and Canada. The scholarship is the only one worldwide served for such purpose. 

Each year, $500 scholarships are awarded to 14 students between the ages 12-18 who are studying Chinese at school, Chinese school, or private tutoring. In addition, three scholarships, each at $1000, are awarded to Chinese school teachers or administrators. 

The applications are open March 1st and are due by May 1st. Donations are also welcome.

More information at: https://wuchuanren.org/

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Wuchuanren speaks about the college admissions process at the July 19th event by giving many statistics on how to maximize success in applying for colleges. He also gives details on many helpful resources such as https://www.collegeconfidential.com/. (Lucy Wu)

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Many audience members were in attendance for Wuchuanren’s college application seminar on July 19th. They listened intently as he outlined the criteria that many top colleges look for in a student, including their interests, potential, personality, and their contribution to the university (Lucy Wu).

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On July 20th, 2019, Wu Chuan Ren shared his knowledge of our country’s health care system with members of the community in the Winston Churchill High School cafeteria (Claire Yu)

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Many people gathered at this seminar to gain knowledge about America’s complex medical system and how to navigate it on July 20th. (Claire Yu)

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夏日炎炎, 蒙郡华人家长联谊会 (CAPA-MC)继续暑假讲座

作者:Claire Yu Eileen Luo 

翻译:Lucy Wu

编辑:Julie Yang

2019719 星期五2019720日星期六连续两天  蒙郡华人家长联谊会 CAPA-MC)特邀演讲者Hu Xianxiang,又名五川人对大学申请和在美求医进行了二场研讨会。719 星期五 超过150 聚集在Walter Johnson High School从晚上7点至9点,听众们专注地听着五川人分享如何在申请大学的过程中最好地定位自己,以及人们应该从不同的大学中期待什么。

第二天下午4点至6点,五川人的第二场研讨会在Winston Churchill High School举行。作为一个因癌症失去亲人、经历过各种复杂治疗程序的人,五川人同情那些与致命疾病有密切联系的人。为了让听众对类似的情况有所准备,五川人在这次研讨会上就中年人的健康问题提出了深入的建议。

演讲者五川人的背景

作者:Amy He

翻译:Lucy Wu

Hu XianXiang 2010年开始在ChinaGate 文学城(wenxuecity.com)上以“五川人”这一网名写博客,主要讨论父母培养成功孩子的策略。2013年,他出版了一本书,指导中国父母和他们的孩子完成大学申请过程,并为那些想让孩子上一流大学的家庭提供建议。2015年,五川人开始在微信上发表文章,创建了以儿童教育为重点的微信群。来自世界各地的2000多名中国家长加入了这些微信群。后来,他利用自己的微信公众号,面向更广泛的受众,举办了许多关于儿童教育的研讨会。

2019年,五川人创建了一个新的微信小组,表达他对美国医疗的想法。今年,他额外在全国许多州举办了免费治疗重大疾病的研讨会。

Ai Ling Guan纪念奖学基金

作者:Emily Zhang

翻译:Lucy Wu

Ai Ling Guan纪念奖学金的成立是为了纪念五川人已逝妻子对她的学生的持久影响和她对海外中文教学的热情。Ai Ling Guan女士已教中文超过30年。这项奖学金是她的家人为了支持在美国和加拿大学习中文的学生和老师而设立的, 也是唯一的海外中文教学奖学金

每年,有14名年龄在12岁至18岁之间的学生可获得500美元的奖学金,作为他们在学校、中文学校或私人补习班学习中文的嘉奖。此外,还设有三个金额为1000美元的奖学金,颁发给中文学校的教师或管理人员。 

申请开始日期为3月1日,截止日期为5月1日。同时也欢迎捐款。

更多信息请浏览: https://wuchuanren.org/

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在7月19日的研讨会上,五川人在谈到大学招生过程中提供了很多统计数据来说明如何将大学申请成功率最大化。他还详细介绍了许多有用的资源,比如https://www.collegeconfidential.com/. (Lucy Wu)

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7月19日,许多听众参加了五川人的大学申请研讨会。他们聚精会神地听着他概述许多顶尖大学对学生的要求,包括他们的兴趣、潜力、个性和对大学的贡献。(Lucy Wu)

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2019年7月20日,五川人在Winston Churchill High School的食堂与社区成员分享了他对美国医疗体系的认识。(Claire Yu)

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许多人聚集在这个研讨会上,来了解美国复杂的医疗系统以及如何驾驭它。(Claire Yu) 注明: 本文由蒙郡华人家长会小记者俱乐部(CAPA-JRC)成员采访、录音、撰写、翻译和摄影。小记者俱乐部有15名蒙郡初中和高中学生。他们搭建双语平台,传递信息,服务社区。

 

注明: 本文由蒙郡华人家长会小记者俱乐部(CAPA-JRC)成员采访、录音、撰写、翻译和摄影。小记者俱乐部有15名蒙郡初中和高中学生。他们搭建双语平台,传递信息,服务社区。

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Montgomery County Student Competes on ‘Jeopardy!’

Written by CAPA- JRC reporters Emily Zhang, Cynthia Chen

Edited by Julie Yang

JRC interviewers:  Audrey Li, Emily Zhang, Cynthia Chen, Claire Yu

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(Picture by Jeopardy! Productions Inc.) 

Sophia Weng is a rising senior at Montgomery Blair High School who recently appeared on the television game show ‘Jeopardy!’’s teen tournament. Members of CAPA JRC had a chance to sit down with her to talk about her experience on the show. 

‘Jeopardy!’ is a trivia game show that is hosted by Alex Trebek. The game consists of three rounds with three contestants that are up against each other to see who can garner the most money to win the game. In the first two rounds, contestants race to hit the buzzer after a clue from six categories shows up. The clues come in the form of answers and contestants must respond with the correct question to earn the clue’s monetary value. If the contestant fails to respond in the 5 second time alloted or responds incorrectly, the monetary value is deducted. In the third round, ‘Final ‘Jeopardy!’’, players wager an amount of money based on how confident they are with the subject matter. After a commercial break, the clue is revealed and players have 30 seconds to write down their answer. At the end, whoever ends with the most money advances to the next game.

Sophia Weng competed in the quarterfinals, facing off against two other high schoolers. To get on ‘Jeopardy!’, Weng took the teen ‘Jeopardy!’ test which consists of 50 short answer questions. She was one of the lucky 250 teens randomly chosen to audition. She then got chosen by ‘Jeopardy!’ coordinators to compete on the show.  

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(Picture by Fengkai Zhang) 

Q&A:

How often do you watch ‘Jeopardy!?

Weng said that she does not watch ‘Jeopardy!’ as much as before, since after being on the show, she knew more about what happens “behind the scenes”. 

“Even though I’ve been on TV before for ‘It’s Academic’… being at ‘Jeopardy!’, you realize exactly where everything is set up, so the camera doesn’t hide anything anymore… so it’s a different experience after,” Weng said. 

Did you have any ‘Jeopardy!’ game strategies?

Weng explained that the best things to do are to prepare your buzzing speed and study. 

“Since I do a bunch of different academic competitions, most importantly Quiz Bowl and ‘It’s Academic’, which both have similar questions… I was able to take that knowledge from my extracurriculars and use it on ‘Jeopardy!’,” Weng said. 

How did past experiences give you an advantage on ‘Jeopardy!’?

Weng and a lot of the others who go to teen ‘Jeopardy!’ do ‘Quizbowl’, science bowl, and history bowl, so being good at those things does give you an edge knowledge wise. 

“Doing academic competitions gives you random bits of information that definitely do come in handy,” Weng said. 

Did you go to ‘Jeopardy!’ with a goal in mind? 

“Really my goal was just to make friends… You have all these people who are extroverted because they have to be on camera, they love trivia, they like learning stuff, so it is so easy to become friends with everyone in the competition.”

Could you go more in depth of want the show taping was like?

Contestants do not know who they are playing against until the actual show. 

“Alex Trebek just comes out and says ‘Hi Everyone! This is ‘Jeopardy!’’, and the game starts… it’s like 20 minutes of taping that’s going to eventually be the 30 minute show, and you just do it, you’re done, and then you leave.”

A lot of players practice hitting the buzzer at home; did you do that?

“Yeah I did! They actually gave you these pens when you go to a ‘Jeopardy!’ audition that are shaped like buzzers… that have the same amount of give… so when you’re at home when you’re watching the show, you’re trying to anticipate when the buzzer is going to be available.”

This is because contestants cannot buzz in the middle of a question. Contestants can only buzz when the lights blink on the screen that has the questions. However, the viewers at home cannot see these lights. 

Will you participate in other game shows in the future?

“I mean I’m definitely going to participate in ‘It’s Academic’ again.”

Was this an overall fun experience for you?

“Yeah! Especially meeting people… The people that I met at ‘Jeopardy!’ I watched the democratic debates with them.”

What do you think about James Holzhauer?

“It is impressive that he can get on the buzzer every time. He must have lightning fast reflexes, and clearly he just knew so much.”

What is something interesting about Alex Trebek?

The contestants actually did not get to interact with him that much, however between shows he would talk with the audience. He would ask them questions and would ask them to ask him questions.

Weng mentioned that when her show was done and her and her friends were sitting in the audience, it was a game to see if Alex would call on them. 

“So everyone was waving their hands in the air… and one of the things we asked him was ‘What’s the meaning of life?’, and he answered, ‘The meaning of life is to be cautious, and to understand what you’re doing with your life.’”

Did the program organize the trip for you or did it by yourself?

The program organizes the flight and trip for you. The contestant and one parent is paid for by ‘Jeopardy!’

What is one piece of advice you would give to anyone who wants to audition for ‘Jeopardy!’

“So I would say, you should join ‘Quizbowl’… because ‘Quizbowl’ is awesome! You get to meet people from all over the country, you get to learn so much, I never had to study for a history AP in my life because I do ‘Quizbowl’… and it really prepares you really well” Weng enthusiastically states.

“But if you’re actually going to be on ‘Jeopardy!’, buzzing practices are really helpful, and make sure you’re in the mindset… what you’re going to say in the interview and your strategies on the show are the keys.”

So you mentioned ‘It’s Academic’, ‘Quizbowl’; have you always been a trivia fanatic since when you were young, or did you only start getting into trivia in high school?

“I’ve always been a trivia fanatic since I just liked learning things, but I did Science Bowl in 8th grade, so we went to National science bowl in 8th grade; that was an amazing experience…I learned that you could do science bowl but for all subjects when I got to high school and so I joined its academic, I joined ‘Quizbowl’… my friends and I started a history bowl club at our school and then we do that, and we do every kind of bowl there is, and it’s just a great experience.”

Does your family play together; does your family have family trivia nights?

“Not really; I’m the only real trivia buff in my family, but actually we’re going to a trivia night tonight, and I’m super excited because it’s at our pool, and I just… I want to win.”

How has your ‘Jeopardy!’ fame changed your life and impacted your interactions with others?

“Well mostly, when I see people I haven’t seen in a while, the first thing that comes out of their mouth is “Congratulations, I saw you were on ‘Jeopardy!’”, but other than that, it’s pretty much the same. Other than the friends I’ve made from ‘Jeopardy!’, who are actually my really good friends now, too. It’s not super different, since I didn’t win the whole thing. I had my one episode, I did reasonably well on it, I had a great experience, not that much else.”

You mentioned that the taping was in December. What was it like to hold a secret for 6 months?

“Oh, that was the worst. It sucked. I couldn’t tell anyone except my friends and family who had already seen it, and ‘Jeopardy!’ friends who already knew what happened of course, since they were there, and everyone would come up to me and they were like, “Wow, you’re gonna be on ‘Jeopardy!’ Do you want to hint at how you did? I bet you did really well!”, and I would just have to sit there and be like , ‘Yep, thanks, you’ll see in June.’”

Sophia Weng is an accomplished student who has offered a lot of insight to her experience with the ‘Jeopardy!’ game show. To other teenagers who are interested in competing in game shows, she says to practice buzzer hitting, and to also join trivia clubs at school such as ‘Quizbowl’ since these clubs helped her know a lot of information useful to her on the show. Her involvement with the trivia games has helped her with school.  She mentioned that she never needed to study for the AP US History exam! To watch the full interview on YouTube, here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmR645zuC-8&t=367s

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与虎妈Amy Chua (蔡美儿) 面对面

Image by Lucy Wu

作者:Rachel Wang,Claire Yu

翻译:Lucy Wu

编辑校对:程蓉,Julie Yang

 

2019年5月11日晚,《虎妈战歌》(Battle Hymn of the tiger Mother)的作者蔡美儿在 Wootton高中礼堂作了一场名为“虎妈的反思: 关于为人父母、职业生涯和永远的局外人”的演讲。随后,蒙郡华人家长联合会的小记者倶乐部(CAPA JRC)获得了一个独特的机会,对蔡美儿进行深入的采访。访问从一些具体的教育问题开始,蔡美儿进而分享了她对亚裔美国人文化和其他各种现代哲学的思考。

 

父母如何适当干预?

蔡美儿敦促父母树立一个正确的榜样。她说:“孩子们天生就有从一定的角度模仿的本能。因此,父母有责任通过设置一个现实的舞台来限制不太可能实现的事件。”蔡美儿举例说:“我认识的每一个十几岁的孩子都想成为摇滚乐队的一员,但是大多数人都失败了,并陷入了沮丧。”蔡美儿认为,大多数孩子内心深处都有一种冲动,想要模仿周围的同龄人,父母应该知道如何干预。她相信,自己会坦率地告诉孩子:“我不认为你有任何音乐和摇滚乐的天赋”,以此来警醒孩子。这个“摇滚乐队”之梦的例子说明孩子不应随波逐流,同时也强调了父母干预的重要性。

有家长请教,如何让害羞但勤奋的孩子变得外向。蔡美儿却认为,内向的人也有“一些非常聪明的地方”,因此“做自己”会更好。蔡美儿分享说,她在人生中经历了很多个“试图成为别人”的阶段,她花了很多年才最终“接纳自己”,并为自己的中国传统感到自豪。尽管这对她很有用,蔡美儿强调每个孩子都是独一无二的,每个孩子都应该对自己是谁有一些“基本的自豪”。

 

“虎妈”形象让亚裔父母背锅?

当被问及蔡美儿本人如何看待“虎妈”形象对亚洲教育方式的影响时,蔡美儿的回答有些勉强。她说:“我认为,总的来说,‘虎妈’的负面影响更大,因为很多人不理解‘虎妈’背后的含义。”蔡美儿相信,很多人并不理解她和她女儿之间的关系。“亚洲父母和美国父母的不同之处在于,前者不断地推动他们的孩子发挥最大的潜力。”同时,在推动孩子进步的过程中父母也不断完善自我。因此,蔡美儿表示,亚洲父母表达对孩子关爱的方式,是不断推动和培养孩子,让他们成为更好的人,而不是西方那种“快乐至上”和“寻找激情”的方式。

 

保守妈妈为何教出叛逆女儿?

当谈到童年经历的话题时,小记者询问蔡美儿作为四姐妹中的老大,她的父母是如何对待她的。蔡美儿说,与三个妹妹相比,她确信自己“得到的是最坏的”,而她们四个经常就这一说法展开辩论。蔡美儿列出了许多她的“老式”父母在她十几岁时禁止她做的事情,比如穿某些特定的衣服或参加派对。她的母亲是天主教徒,因此持有“最保守的观点”。在她十几岁的时候,蔡美儿“不得不对父母撒谎”,背着他们做了许多冒险的事情。有一次,蔡美儿和一些女孩骑摩托车,现在看来简直是玩命。蔡美儿知道她父母抚养她的方式对她产生了怎样的影响,所以她决定用不同的方式对待自己的孩子,让她们感觉不到隐瞒的必要。

 

如何应对压力?

小记者们也对蔡美儿如何应对压力感到好奇。蔡美儿说,她并不是最善于处理压力的那类人。比如,当她在大学写论文时,她经常会有写作障碍,有时会陷入“自毁模式”。又比如,为了准备她在Wootton的研讨会,她花了“整整一周”的时间来准备。蔡美儿处理压力的唯一方法是“提前开始”和“非常有条理”。她说,“你必须了解自己”,找到适合自己的解压方法

 

结尾

采访结束,CAPA小记者们从蔡美儿身上收获了许多宝贵的人生经验和启示,他们向蔡美儿表达了衷心的感谢。次日,蔡美儿将赶回纽黑文家中,和女儿Lulu一起过母亲节。

蔡美儿这个强大,坚韧,事业有成的虎妈,体现了亚洲文化以家庭为核心的价值观。她毫不妥协地激励她的孩子走向成功,显示了这位出色的母亲和孩子之间非同一般的强大纽带。

 

注明: 本文由蒙郡华人家长会小记者俱乐部(CAPA-JRC)成员采访、录音、撰写和翻译。小记者俱乐部由15名蒙郡初中和高中学生组成。他们搭建双语平台,传递信息,服务社区。

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