Jun. 2nd, 2010

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Recently I had a discussion with two students who were preparing for an English competition, and we started talking about city life and country life. I asked them what is grown on the farms here. They were not sure. Their teacher reminded them that the biggest crop in Quzhou is oranges. “Oranges are cheap,” one of the students said. “Oranges are cheap here,” I told him.

The task these students had been given was actually an insanely hard one: they were supposed to contrast their home province of Zhejiang with western Australia. Describing Australia was not necessarily the hardest part. In college I once had lunch at the same table as a girl who was shocked to learn that I was from Minnesota and asked what it was like there. I could think of absolutely nothing to tell her.

The usual prescription for this kind of ignorance is travel, but I think traveling is not necessarily enough... )

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