China Diary:
Judeo-Christian Holidays


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Mar. 31: Passover – I let my MBA class out on time for a change so I can meet Debbie and Pat and head downtown for Passover services and seder. We make it for the end of the services, then sit down with a couple of Fudan students at our table of a dozen. There is also a couple from Australia on vacation, and a student from Yunnan University in Kunming who came just for the holidays. There is also an American salesman who studied at two Chinese universities, and a couple who has been running their own business in Shanghai for a few years. It is a lively and festive event, but a bit long. Many of the guests recite passages, and of course we drink our four cups of wine. Dinner ends around 9:00, and we meet Debbie’s recent companion Eric who is a Marine stationed in Shanghai. We all go to O’Malley’s for a drink, but Pat and I go home alone.

Apr. 1: April Fool’s Day – Jackie, my TA, picks up Debbie in the morning and brings her to meet a local businessman who wants her to tutor him in English. After lunch, Debbie leaves to teach her first English class at Fudan’s high school, probably the best in Shanghai. It is nice out, and after doing laundry and some work I put on my basketball togs after a two-month hiatus. It is an appropriate day to return to the courts since I look foolish. Anyway, an hour later I am sweating bullets from the workout. Eric comes over to meet us for dinner, but he and Debbie (again) take off a bit early. When they come home later they confess to having gone to McDonald’s for a few cheese burgers and fries.

Apr. 2: Movie Night – Debbie, Pat, and Linda go to the Bund, Yu Yuan, and then do some shopping while I hang around and work. We meet up at 5:00 p.m. and go to Badlands for Mexican dinner. Then we head to the Marine House to see "Holy Man" for Good Friday entertainment. After, Debbie decides to hang around with Eric while the rest of us go home.

Apr. 3: Farewell Party – I make it out to the courts again for a workout. For dinner, I take Pat and June to a local hot pot restaurant where we spice it up. After, Pat and I go to a farewell party for an English teacher friend at Shanghai University. Meanwhile, Debbie and Eric watch a movie at the Marine House and go to Tony Roma’s for ribs.

Apr. 4: Movie and Dinner – For Easter Sunday afternoon, Kathleen invites some of us to watch the academy award-winning performance of "Shakespeare in Love." Debbie can’t join us because she teaches most of Sunday for a private English school June set up to cater to local college students. For dinner, Jackie and Amy have a banquet honoring us as Amy’s first customers at her new photo shop. After dinner, Debbie and Pat go to downtown to meet Eric and they wind up at the Cotton Club. Debbie returns the next morning, causing quite a stir with me. I threaten to send her packing, but a couple of days later we talk it through.


[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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