China Diary:
Returning to Shanghai


[Returning to Shanghai] [Spring Festival] [Chinese New Year] [Fulbright Mid-Year Conference] [Back to School] [Back Online] [Into the Heartland] [Ancient Capitals] [Judeo-Christian Holidays] [From Albany to Zurich] [Yellow Mountain] [Loose Ends] [Hello, Debbie ... Goodbye, Debbie] [Southern Capital] [Tropical Tour] [Unwinding] [Farewell Banquets] [Winding Down] [Good Bye, Shanghai]


Jan. 13-15: The Flight – On Wednesday, I drive to my daughter, Debbie, and her friends along with my son Marc join us to the airport. There was a snow storm and our flight leaves at 4:30 p.m. After stopping in JFK, Anchorage, and Seoul, we arrive at my Shanghai apartment before noon on Friday. We meet a few folks, and I take Debbie to the shack for lunch then to my office. We crash later in the afternoon, and Maurice calls to invite us to dinner.

Jan. 16-17: First Weekend – On Saturday, A.J. and some of her friends take Debbie downtown where they have lunch, then back for dinner. Meanwhile, Maurice and I go to Marcy’s where we meet Jack and Cindy. They work for IBM but hope to move to North America soon. We visit the Jing (quiet) An (peaceful) Buddhist Si (temple), one of the wealthiest in Shanghai, whose legendary abbot was also a gangster who had White Russian bodyguards. We eat a vegetarian dinner here. It’s Cindy’s birthday so we go to a martini bar to celebrate. I call Debbie and her friends to join us, and by 11 p.m. we’re a bit hungry so head for Mr. Pizza. On Sunday I make my presentation on "Global Business Ethics" to managers enrolled in the New York-Shanghai Partnership for Human Resource Management program. When I get back, I buy Debbie her bicycle. Later, Kathleen and Jade join us for dinner. I call my parents to wish them a happy anniversary, and my father to wish him a happy birthday.

Jan. 18: Japanese Dinner – I get a phone call from the Beijing Youth Daily requesting me to write a couple of pages of my China experiences, and use it as an opportunity to elaborate on three common expressions: "This is China"; "It is difficult"; and "I am too busy ... for you!" In the afternoon, Debbie and I ride to E-Mart to pick up some things. In the evening, we meet Shigeo at the Matsushita joint venture in Shanghai for Japanese dinner along with several others who attended the Sukiyaki dinner last month.

Jan. 19: Management School Banquet – For dinner, Debbie and I get invited to the annual semester-ending banquet. She doesn’t care much for the turtle, shark fin soup, or various pig parts but things work out in the end when she wins one of the raffles and brings home a pitcher and set of glasses.

Jan. 20: Friendly Visit – JoAnne, one of my former Albany MBA students from Taiwan, visits Shanghai this week and after conducting some business stops by. She shares the bunk beds with Debbie, of course. We three go to lunch at "Maurice’s Favorite Restaurant." For dinner, Carrie, one of my current graduate students, and Debbie go to Mr. Pizza while JoAnne and I go to a hot pot. When Debbie and Carrie return, JoAnne joins them for some drinks at the campus pub.

Jan. 21-24: Weekend – On Thursday, Debbie and I go to a small hot pot restaurant, but she doesn’t care for much. She brightens up a bit when we walk over the the local H(ot) R(ock) bar. This is exam week, and today is the big day for the international students taking Chinese. Later in the evening it’s rocking. I get home around midnight, and Debbie follows me a bit later. On Friday, a small group of us head downtown and see some sights including People’s Square. By evening, we go to the Marine House to see "The Mask of Zorro." On Saturday, several of us go to the old concert hall downtown to listen to the Juilliard String Quartet. Sunday, Jackie and Amy take Debbie to Haining and I get to grade some student papers.


[Returning to Shanghai] [Spring Festival] [Chinese New Year] [Fulbright Mid-Year Conference] [Back to School] [Back Online] [Into the Heartland] [Ancient Capitals] [Judeo-Christian Holidays] [From Albany to Zurich] [Yellow Mountain] [Loose Ends] [Hello, Debbie ... Goodbye, Debbie] [Southern Capital] [Tropical Tour] [Unwinding] [Farewell Banquets] [Winding Down] [Good Bye, Shanghai]

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Copyright 1999 Paul Miesing. All rights reserved. Please do not use without permission unless in the People’s Republic of China which does not enforce intellectual property rights. Revised on January 17, 2001.