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My Serendipitous Meeting

I had just finished conversing with store owners along Dianme Wai with the help of Li Min, one of our interpreters, when I decided to pop into a clothing boutique and check it out. That's where I met 26-year-old Yan Ying Zhi, a recent college graduate, super-friendly, who was excited to practice her rusty English on me.

"Go with me to other store," Yan smiled, offering to help me, after I'd discovered that nothing in the store was going to fit me.

I nodded, returning her smile and followed her out the door.

Whither Chinese Identity?

Walking around what looked like a more metropolitan area of Beijing one day, I came across an old man sandwiched between a Bentley showroom and a shopping center boasting two huge advertisements for Burberry. He was standing on a sidewalk outside a restaurant, weighing eggs using a simple weight attached to a stick, making a simple living in an increasingly complex, modern city.

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