Deep love for China
This lady is Betty, with a beautiful Chinese name, Bai Lishi. To her friends, Bai Lishi is an authentic Sh anghai local.
My name is Betty Bar. I was born in Shanghai in 193 3. My father was from Scotland and my mother was from A merica. And they met and married here in Shanghai. My f ather was a teacher in a middle school.
In 1950 when she was 17 years old. Bai Lishi went t o America to study. She has always thought of herself a s a Chinese person. She went to Hongkong after graduati on and spent 13 years there as a middle school teacher.
All the time I was in HK, I thought about coming ba ck to China to teach because I was born in Shanghai. An d in 1972, I was doing a course in London for one year. I heard a few teachers were going to China to teach, so I went to the Chinese embassy in London. I thought they might send me to Guangdong, because of my Guangdonghua. But instead they sent me to Shanghai, my old hometown. Of course I felt very happy.
Bai Lishi finally returned to Shanghai in 1973, and has been teaching English at Shanghai International Stu dies University for almost 30 years.
During her teaching in SISU, Bai Lishi got acquaint ed with Mr Wang, whom she later married and enjoyed a w onderful life with.
What Bai Lishi has been longing for in her life and work in China is to make known to her many overseas fri ends the great development which has taken place in Chi na.
We try to be a bridge between the east and west. It sounds too grand. But we write letters to Western frien ds. We write short articles to try to explain daily lif e in Shanghai. In addition to trying to help Westerners to understand China, I'm trying to study cultural studi es. I'm a student again at the age of 67.
She is very happy with the development and changes in Shanghai in recent years. She would ask her hasband to make videos about the change of Shanghai. When I was visiting America and Britain, on those two occasions, s he gave me two videos about the change of, the developm ent of Shanghai and asked me to show this to my friends there and also to leave these videos with them. Because she wants them to know how Shanghai is changed, how Chi na is changing.
Time elapses quickly. Nearly half a century has pas sed. Bai Lishi, who was once a bright young girl has no w become a grandmother with deep affection for Shanghai . She has given her best to this land and the land has witnessed her own flourishing.
So, this is our home. My husband and I have never t hought of living anywhere else. This is our house, Shan ghai.
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