|This and That — Chinese Visitors Part II|
|Friday, February 07, 2014 9:40 PM|
If we all get to know each other better, maybe the world would be better off.
Of course, we still have those groups in the Middle East who think the rest of us are just a bunch of infidels and they are waging war against anyone who does not believe and behave as they do.
Most of the time when we think of China, we remember the pictures of The Great Wall of China in our geography books. That was one of the original Seven Wonders of the World and remains one of the most amazing feats of mankind. The wall along the northern borders of China is 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) long. With a history of more than 2,000 years some of the sections are in ruins or disappeared. However it is still one of the most appealing attractions of the world. (See more history at the end of this article.)
Most of us ordinary citizens of the United States wonder why our US government has borrowed all that money from China and think it should stop. We are also annoyed to find “Made in China” on so many items we purchase. We want to see more of “Made in the USA.”
Philosophically, China is under Communist rule and one of their greatest errors is the “one child per family rule,” and forcing women to have an abortion if they find themselves pregnant with a second child. Some mothers say it makes them “feel” like murderers but they have no choice in the matter, it is forced by the Communist government.
Although we have serious differences with the leaders and government of China, most individuals who live there are good people. During the Olympics, we will all be friends, except for the Islamic terrorists, who continue to wage jihad against all the rest of us, especially against us Americans.
During their three-week stay in Northwest Ohio, our Chinese visitors have been given a variety of things to do and places to go. With Martin Luther King Jr. Day being a free day from school, Beth Metzger took her guests to visit the Amish County near Kenton. The Arctic Blast followed and gave them plenty of free snow days. Activities just seemed to fall into place. During their visit to St. John’s Catholic Church in Delphos, the kids took a lot of pictures of the massive structure and the beautiful interior.
Everyone went to church with Beth on Sunday. During the afternoon, they went for a visit to the Delphos Canal Commission Museum. Lanette Shultz and her daughter, Kenzie Suever, brought their guests over to join the tour, which was conducted by Marilyn Wagner. They toured all three floors and were not even ready to go home, when 3:30 came. Marilyn said: “For a group of 13-year-olds, they were especially attentive, interested and polite. They all spent Super Bowl Sunday at the Shultz home, where Jane Zhang, the teacher in the group, treated them to lessons in Chinese cooking. A favorite on the menu was the “dumplings.” These delicious little pastries are filled with ground beef (or pork or chicken), leeks, onions, celery, etc.
Jane’s son, Jeff, has been a guest in the home of Dr. Earl Lehman, a retired professor of math and engineering at Ohio Northern University. Beth was privileged to be included on a tour of the pharmaceutical department and a special piano concert at the hall.
Jane was especially impressed with the St. Vincent de Paul Society during their Saturday morning visit to the group’s “store,” which is located behind St. John’s Schools. She praised the work they do, with the proceeds used to help the needy.
Last Thursday, the group went to Toledo to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It was New Year’s Eve and 12, 14 or 16 courses were served. Dumplings are the specialty for that celebration. The Chinese use the lunar calendar and this is the Year of the Horse.
To help round out the week, they all visited the Delphos Thrift Store, which Jane and Beth really enjoyed. On Thursday evening, the Wrasman family treated Leo to a snowmobile ride.
The Chinese kids said they were not homesick. Leo said he missed his parents but was in no hurry to return to China, because their school day starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Then it’s time for homework and bedtime.
As for the weather, Jane said they experience about the same type of weather in northern China as we do here in Ohio.
Early on Sunday morning, our visitors leave Ohio for the next leg of their journey, which will take them to Niagara Falls, Philadelphia and Washington, D. C. May God bless them in their travels and give them a safe return home. During these three weeks we have all made good friends and have many good memories to share.
(Note: I had questions about the Great Wall of China. Jane said she has been able to walk the Great Wall.) The Great Wall, as we see it today was mostly built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). It starts from Hushan in the east to Jiayugan Pass in the west, traversing several provinces. It was originally built during the Warring States Period as a defensive fortification by the three states of Yan, Zhao and Qin. It began as independent walls for different states when it was first built, and did not become the “Great” Wall until the Qin Dynasty. Emperor Qin Shihuang succeeded in his effort to have the walls joined together to fend off the invasions from the Huns in the north. Since then the Great Wall has served as a monument of the Chinese nation throughout history. A great army of manpower composed of soldiers, prisoners and local people built the wall. The forces of nature and mankind have taken its toll on the structure. Some of the sections of the wall that are in the Beijing municipality have been renovated and regularly visited by tourists today. The China Great Wall Academy has called for greater protection of this important relic.