China initiative 2000
Lisa Teoh plans teaching programmes for rural China
- By: Lisa Teoh
My fellow students tried their best to seem appreciative as we were treated to dinner by a number of overwhelmingly hospitable Chinese officials. Tom poked a chopstick at a bundle of goo. “It tastes like dogs' scrotums,” he mumbled through the squelch.
I translated for our hosts, “He says he has never tasted such delicious food,” and continued my explanation of why we were in Dapu. We had come to meet my distant relatives and live with them for a while in the ancestral home, and get a taste of life in the heart of rural China.
The mayor of Dapu began to laugh. “You mean you actually want to live in the house? No way!” he spluttered in Chinese. “You will have no water, no conveniences, not possible for foreigners.” “What's he saying?” Tom asked. “He says it IS dog's scrotums.” Dapu (“big pu”) is a little town in