Rainy Season

During my trip within China from June 1 to June 20, I visited Maanshan, Nanjing, Wuxi, Ningbo, Putuoshan, Hangzhou, Xian, Huashan and Beijing. The weather was perfect the entire time, except in Hangzhou, where it rained. The rain ruined my visit and walk around the famous Hangzhou West Lake a little bit.  When I was…
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A Name Change Brought Good Luck?

Yesterday during a conversation, my brother said to me: “You made a few good decisions at a young age that changed your life for the better.” Comparing to my brother, I had a lot more good luck than he did in all aspects of life. The more I think about his words, the more I…
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Visiting Tongli

My brother has the day off today. He took us to Tongli, a little town about half an hour of driving from my parents’ home in Suzhou. Tongli was left behind during the modernization after the Chinese Cultural Revolution when old houses were torn down and new ones were built. As the.result, Yongli was preserved…
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An (un)grateful Daughter

I wish I had more understanding for my mother today.  My 76 year old mom has diabestics. She has some difficulties walking. Now she also has some memory loss. I left my home town in 1981 to go to college in Beijing. So much change has happened in the last three decades, I don’t know…
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The Most Giving Parents

The love that parents have for their children is the most selfless and unconditional love there is. This is the universal truth. It’s true no matter where you are. Maybe I have bias, but I think the Chinese parents in general are the most selfless and giving parents there are. They give themselves, their all…
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