Daba Shan Kids Sichuan China
davidmcbride | June 16, 2009 at 05:57 pmby
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[link] is a remote area in sichuan province China.A famous People's liberation Army General named Zhu De lived there during the Civil War against the American backed Guomindang. The place still is full of the old revolutionary spirit. As they prepare to celebrate the new year. People's liberation Army bands are marching in the streets playing revolutionary songs and songs from the cultural Revolution. People have begun to bring out all the new year regalia, including, believe it or not, Big posters of Chairman Mao. Was told by people that it would be a very poor area. In fact, it's pretty rich there.it's true in the old town that people still live in a traditional way. But they're all pretty chubby and happy. We were down there on market day. This is the day he when people come from all the surrounding countryside to buy and sell goods and food. it's really a bustling scene.I took this photograph, after several unsuccessful attempts to as the gross very shy. She was very excited to have a chance to see a foreigner. But when she got close to me she'd always sort of run awaya lot of the kids were like that. The once they found out that I could speak Chinese. The excitement was overwhelming, and theyd crowd me. they'd always say look it's a foreigner, a real foreigner! than one kid said, no no it's a native foreigner. I still haven't figured out what a native foreigner is. Anyway, most everybody was really excited. They'd only seen foreigners on television. Never in real life. A photography teacher from the local middle school, saw us and came over to me, and we had a conversation he asked me to come meet his students. My friend finally agreed to go, although he wasn't too excited about it. We walked out of the old town. And we got to the middle school. The middle school was really new and modern relent and to the art class and the students were all there painting watercolor. They were really amazed to see me. They all try to act very precocious. I talked with them and Chinese for a while and finally they couldn't stand it. they had to hear me speak English. I spoke one word, and they were all very disappointed. They couldn't understand it at all. I'm Irish. So I decided to teach them about Shelley's poem. Ozymandias. I began to recite the poem in English. And then translate it line by line into Chinese. They seem to have good communist upbringing. They really appreciated the poem, like most Socialists would naturally do. I took some pictures there, but I'm not really happy with them. I may try to post some later on.
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