Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Photo Collage: My Mom Visits Taiwan and China, 1986

As promised, today's post is a photo collage. It seems that the photos of my mother and the Lius are all still in Taiwan. I just have one picture of that trip. The other pictures are of our day trip to China later that month. Next post will have some pictures of Hong Kong. Compare these pictures with the ones in my earlier post on China to see how much China had built up in three short years. (http://wwwwhitechinese.blogspot.com/2009/01/picture-collage-guangdong-province.html)

My mom and some of the Liu family and me up in the mountains of Taiwan.

A school in mainland China, 1986

Farming country, mainland China, 1986

Newly refurbished farm house, China, 1986

Workman building a school auditorium, note the bamboo scaffolding, China, 1986

New buildings in a farm village, China, 1986

New two-story farm house, China, 1986

Bricks for new building in farm village, China, 1986

Click the following link to see pictures of China 2009 and the events in the western regions.


murat11 said...

Teresa: What a culture shock that was, from your pix to Xinjiang. Thank you: you rooted me out of my snooze, to spend the last hour digging into the riots, background, etc. I've been hunkered down over the past week in the Middle East, reading Matt Rees' Cain's Field, about the very same kinds of tensions and crossfires in Israel / Palestine.

murat11 said...

I know you need more, not less, reading these days, but this caught my eye. Not exactly about Xinjiang, but interesting as backstory:


The distinctions between Chinese and South Korean Confucianism were interesting, and quickly nipped in the bud any growing insidious (and invidious) notion in my head that traditional Chinese culture might have a predisposition to authoritarianism.

Teresa said...

That was a very interesting article from Dissent Magazine, Murat. The analysis runs very similar to analyses that I have heard from a couple of my professors here.

Confucianism is a weird little beastie. I think it is less about authority as about rights and responsibilities. In each position of society the person has rights and responsibilities. But the needs of the individual are routinely subjugated to the good of the group be it family, town, or country. So we rugged individualists from the West have a hard time with it. But the goal is that every one at all levels of society or in a household would flourish. But things that seem logical to my Chinese mind do not make it in my English one.

Anyway, good article. Thanks for the tip. University of Wisconsin is a leader in Asian studies.

Cloudia said...

You have seen so much. thanks for sharng it with us ;-)

Teresa said...

It's all in the past, Cloudia, very different now. Unlike your lovely posts.