I’m starting to pack for some fellowships, one of which is for China Residencies and while decluttering I came across some CDs (CDs!) from 2005 (2005!) which had photos of my lone trip to China, as a journalist covering a youth delegation to Beijing, Shanghai, and Huangzhou which aimed to foster good Sino-Philippine diplomatic ties. This was before the Beijing Olympics and China was opening its doors to the world. I can’t wait to see what has changed, to re-discover my roots, and to get scolded by lots of ahmas on the state of my Mandarin.
Also, as this was pre-social media days, who on earth are these people?! The only person I remember is the head of the youth commission who went on to be a senator. (He’s a good one, not one of those horrifying hacks you normally read about to see the decaying state of humanity.) Ah, the joy of forgetting.
I was a journalistic non-entity but was front and center here because I was the tallest.