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Teresa Kan "It's morning again, and it's time to worship our ancestors. My mom is lighting the incense sticks and putting them into a small pot filled with rice, which allows the sticks to stand up. They are about the size of sparklers used for fireworks. Mom usually burns three sticks at one time. She places the pot in front of the ancestral tablet that contains all of my family's names. Then we sit in front, peacefully, and watch the incense sticks burn. They give off a nice aroma which fills the entire house. We often kowtow toward the tablet to show our respect for the ancestors."

Teresa Kan recounting a childhood memory, April 2001
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