A Spring Festival Interview for Luzhou

A few months ago, my school was contacted by the Luzhou media, wanting a foreigner to interview for Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year).  This was to be a special edition of a broadcast on February 15, Spring Festival Eve.  My name came up as I’d been the foreigner who’d stayed the longest in Luzhou, having arrived in 2002 and been a resident in the area (off and on) for more than 12 years.

I was happy to comply and waited for the reporter to contact me.

Nothing happened and I soon forgot about it, until last week when my school texted me while I was in Xiamen at the Amity Winter Conference.

“The reporter has asked about interviewing you, but I told him you were not in Luzhou,” my foreign affairs director, “Catherine” Ying, texted.  “He said he can do the interview in writing.  If you agree, I will give him your email address.”

By this time, I was ready to head back to America for the  holidays, meaning I wouldn’t be returning to Luzhou until March.  I OKed the written interview and received a few days ago the questions he wanted me to answer, in a hurry because he was on a tight deadline.  He added he wanted several high definition photos to place with the article that gave a “Luzhou flavor”.

Eager to please, I spent nearly a day carefully crafting my answers, which were meant to shed Luzhou and Luzhou people in a positive light (easy to do as I really love this city), and choosing choice photos that centered on Luzhou with familiar background settings.

Off that went, with huge relief and satisfaction on my part to have done it so quickly.

And I was kind.  I didn’t say a word about the fact that this should have been done a lot sooner and he’d had more than 2 months to get it done.  Obviously, I’m not the only one who procrastinates!

The Reply:  Hmmm.

Last last night,  I saw in my in-box a note from Reporter Wang.

“Oh, good!” I thought.  “He received my email and is probably thanking me profusely for helping him out so quickly.”

Well, sort of …..

Wang wrote:  “Thank you, I am very happy to receive your reply in such a short time. I have received your photos.  But unfortunately, there is no suitable as a cover.  Cover requirements are high definition, single person, for example, SLR camera art photos.   Wang Yao.”

And his final email, after I told him I had no high-definition camera to do such a thing, was:  “OK, thank you. I’ll take the time for the next interview and try to do the best. After you return to Luzhou, we can chat with your tea on the edge of the Yangtze River and wait for you to come back.”

Not wanting my interview to go to waste, I’ll post it here.  I simplified my English for computer translation purposes, which I did via Google’s translation site.  From the read-through I’ve done, it looks fairly good although I’m no grammar expert in Chinese.  I’ve included it after the English for my Chinese readers.

From frigid Illinois, here’s wishing you all Peace (Ping An) for your day!

My  Discarded Luzhou Interview Offering (English and Chinese)

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I am an Amity Foundation (爱德基金会) English Language teacher.  I have been teaching English with Amity for 17 years in small colleges across China.

 

Amity first sent me to Luzhou Vocational and Technical College (泸州职业技术学院) in 2002.  I had just finished teaching in Hohhot (呼和浩特), which at that time was a very dusty, dirty, gray city.  I remember thinking, “Sichuan is so green!  And Luzhou has so many pretty parks with leafy trees along the streets.  What a great place for me!”

I was also excited to see the Yangtze River.  When I was a little girl, I read a book about China’s famous Yangtze River.   I really wanted to see it.  My childhood dream came true.  Now, I see it every day.

Luzhou is my Chinese home.  It is the people who leave a deep impression on my heart and make me feel a part of your Luzhou city family.

Luzhou Vocational and Technical College leaders, teachers, students and campus workers always treat me with great warmth and kindness.

Luzhou local people are always friendly to me.  They help me practice my Chinese every day by asking me questions and telling me their personal stories.  They are the best Chinese language teachers I have ever had.

When I first came to China in 1992, I remember my father was very concerned about my safety and health.

Now, China has so many modernized changes, especially in Luzhou.  There is no need for my dad or family to worry about me.

Luzhou has excellent hospitals, beautiful new parks, shopping malls and many clean, updated sports’ facilities.  In fact, I go swimming every day in the Feili Impulse Fitness Center.

Luzhou has an active Protestant church, too.  I am a Christian.  I can go to church in Luzhou, just like I go to church in America.

Spring Festival is so exciting in China.  I love the beautiful decorations.  The atmosphere is always happy.  Everyone is smiling to one another.  It reminds me of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  All the Chinese people were unified, cheering for their country and their people, and so welcoming to others.  Spring Festival is like that in China, I feel.


I wish everyone in Luzhou a very safe, happy, restful Spring Festival holiday.  Thank you for making me feel so welcome in your city.  Thank you for making me a part of your Chinese family.  You will remain in my heart forever.

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我是爱德基金会(Amity Foundation)英语语言教师。我和Amity一起在中国的小学院学习了17年英语。

2002年,爱德基金会一次把我送到泸州职业技术学院。刚刚在呼和浩特完成教学,当时是一个尘土飞扬,肮脏灰色的城市。我记得想,“四川是如此的绿色!泸州有这么多漂亮的公园,街上有茂盛的树木。对我来说真是个好地方!“

我也很高兴看到长江。当我还是一个小女孩的时候,我读了一本关于中国着名的长江的书。我真的很想看到它。我童年的梦想成真了。现在,我每天都在看。

泸州是我的中国人的家。是我心中留下深刻印象的人们,让我感受到你的泸州城市家庭的一部分。

泸州职业技术学院的领导,老师,学生和校园的工作人员总是热情善待我。

泸州老百姓对我总是很友善。他们每天帮我练习中文,问我一些问题,告诉我自己的故事。他们是我所有过的最好的中文教师。

1992年刚来中国时,我记得我父亲非常关心我的安全和健康。

现在中国有这么多现代化的变化,特别是在泸州。我父亲或家人没有必要担心我。

泸州拥有优秀的医院,美丽的新公园,商场和许多干净,更新的运动设施。事实上,我每天都在飞力冲动健身中心游泳。

泸州也有一个活跃的新教教会。我是一位基督教徒。我可以去泸州的教堂,就像我去美国的教堂一样。

春节在中国如此激动人心。我喜欢美丽的装饰品。气氛总是很开心。每个人都在互相微笑。这让我想起了2008年的北京奥运。全体中华民族统一,为国家和人民欢呼,欢迎他人。春节就像在中国,我觉得。

祝愿泸州老百姓过一个安全,快乐,安宁的春节假期。谢谢你让我在你的城市感到如此受欢迎。谢谢你让我成为你的中国家庭的一部分。你将永远留在我的心中。

 

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.
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2 Responses to A Spring Festival Interview for Luzhou

  1. Kate says:

    Well done – your response and patience with the young writer.

  2. gert says:

    postgraduate entrance exam

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