China Daily just published my latest monthly column, titled Conversations reveal power of people-to-people exchanges. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
“China must be a good place, because you love it so much.”
Those words from Donna, a close friend in the United States, amazed me during a recent phone conversation from a hotel room in Seattle, Washington.
Over the years we’ve known each other, I had never heard her gush with such affection for the country.
But there she was, speaking of China with such sweetness in her voice, because of what she had learned of it through talking to me and my husband Jun, who is from rural Zhejiang province.
In fact, during a recent trip back to the US, I found myself delighted again and again in conversations with family and friends there about China, the country I call home.
My friend Bill leaned in with rapt attention over a lunch of hummus and other Middle Eastern delights as I spoke of my positive experience working for China Daily. He told me that my report had given him a new perspective on media outlets in China.
Jun and I had just met Susan, a friend of my parents, at a party and she immediately wanted to know everything about our lives in China, as if she were an aunt I never knew I had, trying to make up for lost time. With each description of the world we inhabited in Beijing, I watched her nod her head thoughtfully and remark, with fondness, how China sounded like a wonderful place.
Elena, another family friend, beamed with excitement after Jun and I helped translate into Chinese the names of everyone in her family－from hers and her husband’s to their children’s－along with a description of the meaning of each character combination.
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