Happy Grandparents’s Day from Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, Illinois!
Here in the U.S, we celebrate Grandparents’ Day on the first Sunday of September, which this year falls on Sunday, September 7, 2014. For the most part, the role of a grandparent in the U.S. and in China is the same: give the grandkids unconditional love, be there to ‘sit’ for them when necessary, impart wisdom, tell old stories, and laugh.
In China, however, there is an extra dose of ancestral respect that has been passed on from generation to generation when it comes to grandparents. Typically, in Chinese culture, at a family event, everyone waits to start eating until after the grandparents do. Additionally, their wisdom and advice are accepted unconditionally. The typical Chinese household is multi-generational, with at least three generations living under one roof. For Chinese-American, these traditions are sometimes hard to implement, as our American culture often fosters individual independence, but somehow, a new blended culture is born as a result.
There is no doubt that we can learn from both cultures. The most important thing to remember, however, is that grandparents are the closest touch point to our generations past…something we should celebrate and venerate regardless of where we make our homes.
Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant invites you to bring the grandparents to our restaurant on Sunday, September 7th for a scrumptious sit-down meal. Or you can order it to go or for delivery! For reservations, please call: 630-469-1535.