Unexpected Hometowns

I’m in Toronto on a ferry to “The Islands,” when I see a young Chinese student with her backpack…. Hometown is Rizhao, Shandong…. My new friend in this case has left a small city which, just 20 years ago, was a non-descript fishing village on the east coast of China.

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On a Hard Seat Coach from Wuhan to Changsha

I was on the train to Changsha (Hunan) from Wuhan (Hubei) and chose to travel “hard seat” this time. Across from me was a university student. He watched me do Sudoku—the addictive number game…. Here we were, very close to the big lake (Hu) from which the Province of Hunan (south of the lake) and Hubei (north of the lake) get their names.

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First Thoughts…

I’ve been to China five times in the past three years…. I’ve had good Chinese friends for almost 20 years…. By the time I finally chose to venture overseas to visit these friends and former tenants, we had dozens of potential contacts in various locations throughout China….

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