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Posted on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 : 6:12 a.m.

Raising a bilingual child at Traverwood Library Saturday

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

On Saturday, Nov. 20, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Ann Arbor District Library will sponsor a talk by Su-Fen Lin on “Raising a Bilingual Child” at its Traverwood branch. Lin will discuss language acquisition in children whose native language is not English — the advantages of raising a child to speak multiple languages, what to expect and how to support your child through this process.

Lin is the Early Childhood Program Specialist for Saline Area Schools, an instructor at Washtenaw Community College Behavioral Sciences Department, Bilingual Parent Educator for First Steps Washtenaw Intermediate School District and former principal of Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan. She will be joined by a speech and language specialist from the Hanen Speech and Language program.

Young children are welcome. Toys will be available.

The Traverwood branch of the Ann Arbor District Library is located at 3333 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor.

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 Asian American Village, lead multicultural contributor for 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, her blog at, and she can be reached at