I learned how to make raw fish salad..also went to church ( kinda the same as it is here). Though there's lots of Cook Island people already here in NZ so I don't have to go far to meet Cook Island people. The friend I went with mum is actually from there. She'd never been to her mum's home country until we went. Then she went again the next year to her mum's village on another island.
More people from the Pacific live in Auckland than there are on some of the islands!
My family's chinese culture is ancient, going back thousands of years, but living in NZ we sort of have to make our own culture. There's a huge British influence, but Brits sometimes find it hard to adjust to what they regard as a tiny country here. I think they are just used to being the centre of everything until they aren't!
When you are in the minority, you can't assume things that the majority seem to take for granted.
I benefit from the Chinese culture every day. The Chinese culture has a long history for sure with a great many bloody battles.
My wife's a great cook in fact we'll be eating Chinese dumplings (gyoza), or sometimes called potstickers, tonight.
My wife is from the Sichuan Province, a village near Chengdu. She had to leave with her parents though in 1949 as a baby because of the communist takeover. Her family moved to Taiwan. Fortunately for me she found her way to Seattle and eventually made me happy when she said yes to marriage.