Photos by: Susan Gietka
The color red in Chinese culture symbolizes luck, happiness, and joy. During Chinese New year, red envelopes filled with money are decorated and given to family members and friends to wish them good luck throughout the new year. These red envelopes are a tradition that have been passed down for generations in my family. Since the color red symbolizes happiness, it is forbidden to wear the color red during funerals. Also, in my family, red flowers and writing are also not permitted during a funeral. Lastly, in a Chinese wedding, my family celebrates with the bride having two dresses. The first one is a traditional, American white wedding dress and then she also has a red, Chinese wedding dress called a Quipao. The red dress is worn to symbolize joy in the newlywed's new life with each other.
The biggest passion in my life is dance. I have been dancing since I was three years old. To me, dancing has shaped me into the person I am today. Besides teaching me the basics of steps, counts and technique, dance has taught me the importance of commitment, dedication and discipline. I have also applied those traits with my schoolwork, and will continue to use them in college and in the future to help me be a successful and well rounded person. I see myself as someone who helps people in this world. In the future I would like to be a pediatric physicians assistant. I chose this career because I realized that I really enjoy helping people get better mentally and physically.