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Reporter Audrey Cleo talks to Take Two
Raychael Ettinger
Reporter Audrey Cleo talks to Take Two

Chinese heritage school is a normal part of childhood for many first generation Chinese Americans, but one reporter noticed the makeup of the classes is changing.

A growing number of parents in Southern California are enrolling their children in Chinese heritage schools. 

The weekend classes are a regular part of growing up for many first generation Chinese Americans. It's seen as a way of maintaining cultural identity. But as one Chinese American journalist learned, a new, diverse wave of students is attending for another reason: to learn Chinese. 

Multimedia journalist

is a first generation Chinese American and spent many a weekend in such classes. She recently returned to the classroom, this time as an observer researching for a piece that would be published in The Atlantic. 

Cleo stopped by Take Two to share what she saw. 

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