AGU in America 2006

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

American Family Day

Today, August 8, was American Family Day. We all gathered in the multimedia center and the AGU in America team showed pictures and talked about their families. The group got to hear about families of different backgrounds, religions, and styles. Laura and Ji Won's families immigrated more recently than Nina, Kevin, and Tim's families, retaining more of their original culture. Nina's family is characterized by a lot of "mixed" marriages: interfaith, inter-racial, and intercultural. Nina's and Tim's families are very spread out, with different people living in different states, and half of Ji Won's family still lives in Korea. Kevin's family is really small, without a large extended family like Nina's or Laura's. Ji Won has a lot of close friends that he considers to be like family.

The students wanted to know if our families ate together (some of us), who pays for a wedding (it varies, but traditionally it's the bride's family), and whether our parents both worked outside of the home. We also had many questions for them about Japanese families.

Afterwards, everyone except me went to Pentagon City Mall to "shop till they drop"! What did you think of the mall? Did you buy anything? Where did you eat?


  • I am interested in cultural difference. So, the panel discussion was fun for me.

    By Blogger NOBUFUMI, at Wed Aug 09, 09:07:00 AM EDT  

  • Hi!Nina!
    I was very interested in your family story.And,I was so excitng at Pentagon City Mall! I bought 5 clothes and 9 neckleses!! But all of them are cheap! It was very fun!! Thank you!

    By Blogger yuiko, at Wed Aug 09, 09:28:00 AM EDT  

  • The shopping mall is very big. I bought a notebook, postcards and body lotion. I had supper there.I like the shopping mall very much!!

    By Blogger bon, at Wed Aug 09, 09:57:00 AM EDT  

  • Family Day was very fun for me!
    I could learn a lot of things.
    Everyone,s family is very nice!

    If we have a time,I'd like to talk more about our family.

    Andmore, we enjoyed shopping very much!
    I like shopping!

    By Blogger SERI, at Thu Aug 10, 10:04:00 AM EDT  

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