Posted by Wain (188.8.131.52) on December 04, 2006 at 04:41:02:
This experience has indeed been a very memorable one, and I am thankful to my parents, Mr. Woo, Mr. Zheng and the many other people who helped make this visit to China an unforgettable one. This trip could not have been so successful without the help of the many people in China, who were there from the moment we arrived till the moment that we left. I feel that this was a main factor in my feeling perfectly at home during my stay in China. Although it was the first time I had ever visited the Guangdong Province, let alone China itself, I felt an immediate connection with both the land and the people. No matter whether I was in a large metropolitan area, a suburban area or in a small town, they all brought about a feeling of homeliness to me, and I did not feel as if I was actually all the way across the Pacific from my home. I feel that of all my experiences abroad, my stay in China, though short in time, was definitely one of the most complete and fulfilling travels I have had.
I really have not had any prior knowledge of my roots. I remember growing up and being told by my grandmother that I am a Cantonese and that I should be proud of my heritage. Growing up in San Francisco, this background was something that I held in common with most of the other Chinese immigrants. However, the only dialect of Chinese that I spoke was pu tong hua (Mandarin). Since visiting Guangzhou, I have been taking initiative to learn Cantonese in order to come closer to my roots.
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