West goes East
When medical student, Lisa Teoh, discovered her family still owned their ancestral home in China, she decided that the building should be used by the local community. It's now the base for a cultural exchange between British and Chinese medical students. Delilah Khan and Jiawei Liao explain
- By: Delilah Khan, Jiawei Liao
“What, no boys?” one Chinese student exclaimed at seeing eight girls before him; the only British guy in our team had yet to descend the escalator. I surveyed the group of Chinese boys as critically as they were scrutinising us. For some reason they had assumed that Tamara and Rachel were boys.
“But who are we going to play basketball with? The girls were looking forward to 10 blue eyed western boys to fall in love with.” I sighed inwardly and wondered what I was doing here.
We were in Guangzhou, China, as part of the Bu de Tang teaching project, 2004. Back in 1999, a second year medical student named Lisa Teoh discovered that she had family in a provincial rural village called Beitang, in southern China. She also found an ancestral home (Bu de Tang), which had more than 100 rooms in it. Since then she has set