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Days Like Floating Water, A Story of Modern China by Susan Edwards McKee

By Susan Edwards McKee

Trip with a California couple as they train English to cautious students in rural, Communist China. NATO bombs decimate the chinese language consulate in Yugoslavia so outrage spills round their campus. How do lonely americans react? Later as belief deepens on either side you could immerse your self in China's actual middle and soul, within the existence ot its daily humans. This tale is fantastically written, continuously attention-grabbing, usually humorous, occasionally poignant.

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We thought we made it clear to Jenny that we could handle no more than thirty students in a class. She admires the goal but says that classes of fifty to sixty students are normal. ” Have we won or lost this round? We’ll see Monday. Students will soon be streaming back to campus from the month-long Chinese New Year holiday. It’s time. Robert and I gather some props and make the short walk down our cracked sidewalk, over the arched bridge, past the muddy soccer field on one side and the busy construction workers on the other.

Last night the lights flickered and died. Rob got the emergency light and went outside. It wasn’t difficult to locate the fuse box, because it was on fire! The young neighbor dad and a neighbor from upstairs came rushing outside too. Somehow they quashed the fire. Then they all scratched their heads, gazing together into the jerry-rigged wooden fuse box. Pretty THE SWAMP 19 soon, they’d dragged chairs up to the fuse box, all the better to peer into it, Rob commenting in English (which the men clearly didn’t understand) and the two Chinese men, along with other bystanders, keeping up a steady stream of animated Mandarin.

In Chuga, near the photo shop 7 NO MORE WOK TOAST! N o more wok toast! Well, you can make toast in a wok. I’ve been doing it for the past month, but we decide to spring for a real toaster. If we can locate one. Of course, the real challenge is to find bread. In this part of China it’s tough to find. Jenny took us by bus across town one day to a huge store, which she explained is a joint venture with the Germans, a Wal-Mart wannabe with clothing, toys, appliances and food. Now we make the journey every week or ten days.

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