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Published by: Qianchi Yang on Dec 09, 2010
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Yang 1Qianchi YangErin Dietel-McLaughlinFirst Year Composition18 November 2010Visual Essay: Vanishing Chinese CultureI live in a traditional family of 3. I live in Shenzhen, a city north to Hongkong that isdeveloping explosively. I do not live with my grandparents. They live in my hometownGuiyang, a beautiful little city in the mountains. I return to my hometown every vacation.My grandfather is a teacher in Chinese who served in a middle school. I admire mygrandfather much. He taught me how to write, how to paint and how to play Chinese chess.My grandparents live in an oriental little house with everything wooden. My grandparents are both Buddhist. They live a peaceful life.I fly between the two cities often. I have done this for years. I never questioned why until Iwas 13. I asked my mother why didn¶t my grandparents live with us. My mother told me thatmy grandfather does not like Shenzhen. He said that Shenzhen people do not have religion.They wear strange suits. They compete with each other on cars. They do not have patiencefor life. ³¶I see no Chinese.¶´, my mother said, ³that is how your grandfather sighed.´ No Chinese.I could not figure out what ³No Chinese´ meant until I asked my History teacher. He is aBuddhist, and he gave me an interesting answer ³People in Shenzhen are actually westerners

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