Every now and then an incident, an experience or a story can jolt me back to who I really am. Not a very nice person. A recent trip to Montevideo, Uruguay, did that for me. I saw a dark side of my Chinese self: the ethnocentric Chinese who thinks that Chinese food is the best in the whole wide world. And no other!
Recently I saw a documentary on Australian TV regarding the exponential increase of Chinese tourists within their own country. Of particular attention was a scene where disgruntled passengers in a plane attacked the flight stewards and air hostesses.
This Term I started the Chinese classes for kids with the help of another grandmother, Olga Piscioneri. I have come full circle. Almost 20 years ago I founded ACCS in 1993, then exited from ACCS when my husband died thirteen years ago. Now in 2014 I returned to ACCS and started working again at the ripe old age of 70! I have come full circle in my mission to promote Chinese language and culture in Australia. Continue reading “Ni Hao Xiao Bao Bao, why are you studying Chinese?”