What do you see
You may see the people at the cultural core—some wise elders and people with a clearly defined hierarchy of roles and responsibilities—who hold the traditional values and virtues of the community and keep them strong.
You may see the people in the cultural interface—the generations born in this country, especially the youth, who are open, flexible, and prone to experimentation—who ripple outward from the core onto the shores of a new community.
You may see the centers of gravity that hold the people and give their lives nourishment and meaning—the spiritual centers, the women sharing stories and supporting each other as they cook, the grandparent and grandchild engaged in heart-to-heart communication, and youth creating music together.
You may see some or all of these patterns that underlie a community. It all depends on how you have learned to look.
More than 2,000 years ago, during the Western Han dynasty, Chinese artisans created a special bronze mirror. If you look into the mirror, you will see your own face reflected back. But if you shine a light through the mirror in a certain way, you will see revealed an intricate pattern that is otherwise hidden.
This is the real pattern of the mirror. To see it, you must look with the right light.
Wildflowers understands that what we see is all in how we look. We are shining a light on immigrant Asian and ethnic Asian Pacific Island communities to illuminate the cultural patterns that create order and define relationships that nourish families and communities and keep them growing.
Meiyuan Community, Shanghai, China
Other Ethnic Communities