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Assignment Questions

Chinese New Year

Interview anyone (Or yourself) Keep the person you are interviewing anonymous and confidential, name should not be given. Make sure that your representative has understood all the questions correctly. You will need detailed answers. This interview must be typed in paragraph format.

*Answers provide enough personal detail; descriptions fully convey to the reader the R’s family back-ground and customs.
*Paragraphs logically organized and fully developed; sentences are well connected and ideas clearly expressed.
*Use of standard English. Generally correct sentence structure, punctuation and capitalization, with only very minor mistakes; varied sentence structure.

Questions:
A. BACKGROUND VARIABLES: CLOSED-ENDED QUESTIONS

1. SEX: Male [ ] Female [ ]

2. AGE: 18-30 [ ] 31- 45 [ ] 46 and over [ ]

3. PLACE OF BIRTH (Town or city and country)????????????????????

?????????????????????????????

US or Europe [ ] W. Indies & Caribbean [ ] L. America [ ] Asia [ ] Africa [ ]

4. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE in the US:

Less than 5 years [ ] 5 to 10 years [ ] More than 10 years [ ]

5. PRESENT NATIONALITY: ??????????????????.

6. RACIAL/ETHNIC IDENTITY: ?????????????????

7. EDUCATION Up to 8th 9th to 12th Some college or
grade [ ] grade [ ] college graduate [ ]

B. OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS

Section I: FAMILY MEMORIES

8. Where did you grow up? How long did you live there? Describe the family in which you grew up, that is, who was present in the home and in what ways they were related to one another. Was it a single-parent family, a two-parent family? Had your parents been married before to other people? Were your grandparents living with your parents or elsewhere?

9. Were sentimental records of the past kept in your family to be passed from one generation to the next (for example, photographs, albums, journals, letters, recipes, jewelry, keepsakes or heirlooms)?

Section II: INTER-GENERATIONAL AND INTRA-GENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

10. How would you describe your immediate family?s relationships with other relatives? Describe the frequency and the characteristics of contacts between your family of origin and relatives on both sides. Who makes (made) the effort to keep
in touch?

11. On what holidays and special days did (or currently does) your family gather together to celebrate ?as a family?? (Examples: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid-al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, Chinese New Year, Diwali and Holi, Easter, Passover, prayers, birthdays, Sunday meals, special picnics, and so on.) Which generation plays a more important role in these events: the children and adolescents, their parents? generation (together with their own siblings), or their grandparents? generation?

Section III: FAMILY?S INTEREST IN ITS PAST

12. In the family in which you grew up (your family of origin), how much was the past talked about? Was the past constantly referred to, talked about only occasionally, or never discussed at all? What do you think was the reason: to inform, to teach a lesson, to warn, to entertain, to find pleasure in remembering?

13. What are/were the special times when people talked about the past (weddings, reunions, funerals)? Did any particular people tend to talk more about the past than others? Who?

14. Do you know significantly more about one side of your family than the other? Discuss why you think this has happened.

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