Will you have a Kung Pao kosher Christmas?
I once had a Jewish housemate who explained the different types of silverware her family needed to keep kosher — one set for meat, one set for dairy, and one set of disposable chopsticks for Chinese take-out. She also described how Jewish people go out for Chinese food on Christmas day because Chinese restaurants are always open (and back then, the only other people not celebrating Christmas). I never knew how critical my culture was for her culture.
Several years ago, I was amused to learn how some Jewish communities were taking that tradition another step further and organizing big Jewish comedy shows at Chinese restaurants on Christmas Day. The organizers of one such event in San Jose, Calif., told the San Jose Mercury News at the time that they had had a difficult time explaining their proposal to the Chinese restaurant owners, who had not even realized that so many of their customers that day were Jewish, or why. We do not always realize the importance of how we intersect with other people, other cultures.
Here is a great article I found at JewFAQ.org: “Judaism 101: What Do Jews Do on Christmas?”
December 25th Movie - The Music Man at The Michigan Theater
Come spend the morning with family and community. Doors open at 10 am - Movie begins at 10:30 am Tickets are $7 each Concessions include bagels for breakfast and kosher hot dogs for lunch as well as tried and true popcorn and candy. Door Prizes! Sing Along! Come in Costume if desired!
Tickets will be available at "will call" before the movie, or they can be picked up in the Temple office beginning December 1. To order your tickets online, click here.
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Ann Arbor and the Big Island of Hawaii. She is editor of IMDiversity.com Asian American Village, lead multicultural contributor for AnnArbor.com, and a contributor for New America Media's Ethnoblog. She is a popular speaker on Asian Pacific American and multicultural issues. Check out her website at franceskaihwawang.com, her blog at franceskaihwawang.blogspot.com, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.