Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Rarity - A Profound Thought on Chinese History


It's always good to hear a profound thought. Let's be honest they don't come along that often!

Last week I was in Hong Kong and went to a session of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival with Mara Moustafine, the author of The Harbin Files: Secrets and Spies which I've told you to buy before. Then this weekend I bumped into Mara again at the Shanghai International Literary Festival.

All week a comment she made has been buzzing around my head that relates to our understanding of Chinese history and if you read this blog and like it then it's pertinent.

Some time ago Mara took her parents back to Harbin where they'd lived and she was born. She commented that, "they see what what was there; we see what's left". Harbin - Shanghai- Peking - Wherever - makes you think about how we look at the these places. It's a useful mantra to keep in your head when you're visiting any of these cities or other places.

Think on!

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