Grand Rapids Twp, Mi (WZZM)- It's an exciting year for the Chinese as they celebrate the year of the dragon. It only comes around every 12 years and has many Asian mother's trying to get pregnant in 2012.
At Meadowbrook Elementary School, the students in the Chinese Immersion program are just learning about the Chinese New Year and why 2012 is extra special. "I heard on the news there is a baby boom already. Hospitals are busy this year," says Yi Ling Cummings. She's an Assistant Teacher and is expecting a baby girl this spring. "We believe the dragon is magic, bring good luck to people.
For Cho Ling Chezem, another Assistant Teacher at Meadowbrook, her pregnancy was a surprise. She wasn't sure she was ready for it. "Then my family mentioned it will be the year of the dragon. I was thinking not bad, it's good." The news was even more exciting when she found out she was having a boy.
"Yes, people prefer a boys in China, to carry on the family name," says Cummings.
The dragon is the mightiest of the animals on the Chinese zodiac calendar. But, regardless of what sign they are, Cummings and Chezem just hope for healthy babies in 2012.
The Chinese New Year starts on Monday.