October 21st, 2009
Ten years ago today I first arrived in China. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. October 20, 1999, I flew into Hong Kong, where I spent one night and one day, before heading back out to the airport to meet up with my colleagues and hop on our flight to Changsha. But Hong Kong was a mere stopover (sorry, Hong Kong). Arrival was the evening of October 21, in Changsha.
I suppose I should have something profound to say about my experiences over the last decade, but I don’t. Nor do I have anything interesting to say about the changes I’ve seen in China over the years. Sorry. I do have to say that, as milestoney as it is, it actually seems like a very short time. And indeed, a mere decade it is.
One of my students said, wah, you must’ve looked really young back then. Yeah, and how about you? Oh, I was just a little girl. Yep, one thing that makes me feel old is that my students were in primary school when I first arrived here.
But there you go, a decade.