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Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
110Trip End Jul 01, 2017
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China, I wake up over and over and I am still in China. I speak little Chinese yet I am gaining much understanding about the country, and it's culture, history, and geography. I know the approximate location of nearly all the provinces, the topography, cultures that live in each province, the weather, earthquake zones, even many of the reptile species, yet I cannot count from one to twenty
No I will never be able to hold a civilized conversation with a Chinese intellectual nor can I debate the current states of the world, new car models, the Kardashians, recent movies, world news and crap with educated Chinese people. That is a nice thing. Everyday practical phrases are still needed but the little Chinese I have learned so far, will be wasted once I move to Guangxi Province. I prefer the company of the peasant farmers who seldom speak any Mandarin Chinese at all. I really have nothing of value to say to these farmers, their main subject of conversation is most likely "Rain and Weather" with a bit of crop growing ideas, and animal husbandry mixed within
As much as I have enjoyed living in a huge city in modern China, I want to live in the country. Soon I will be deep in Southeastern China in the Vietnam border area in a small city of 150,000 people. The villages and city people here speak little if no Chinese. Most are of the "Zuang" ethic minority. 90 percent of the "Zuang" people give in "Guangxi" Autonomous area and I will live in the middle of this areaZhuang, the largest minority ethnicity of China. Over 90% of Zhuang in China live in Guangxi, especially in the central and western regions. There is also a significant number of both Dong and Miao minority peoples. Other ethnic groups include: Yao, Hui,Yi (Lolo), Shui, and Gin (Vietnamese)". Each Minority group has they're own language, recipes, customs, dress, ect... To break the monotony, I plan to provide one or two mornings of free English classes to poor kids of the minority villages. My classes will be fun and useful... I plan to teach for free. A nice peasant meal would certainly follow. Getting some college students to assist me will be the plan and I know many will jump at the chance. I can't say enough positive things about the Chinese students, they are what is keeping me here.