New Year in Bed

images.jpg As Chinese return to work after the New Year, NPR’s Morning Edition aired this commentary about an American’s experience of Spring Festival in China:

Commentator Alison Klayman has been living in China for a year and a half. She had some idea of what it was like to celebrate the Chinese New Year: fireworks, dumplings, red lanterns and envelopes of money. But this year was special. She was invited to celebrate the New Year in a countryside village, in the hometown of a friend and colleague.

She knew it would be a 650-kilometer bus ride from Beijing on the busiest travel week of the year. She knew she would stand out as the only white person everywhere she went. She did not realize she would spend most of the holiday in bed with her friend’s grandmother.


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