Zora

More family stuff.

Last week, little Zora accompanied her mom, our daughter Lisa, on a quick visit to the US. (Actually, Zora was the chaperon.) Lisa came back to attend a wedding and celebrate turning 40 with many of her girlfriends. On the way here, she stopped off to see her sister Marne in New Mexico. Zora and her mom are now back in China after leaving early yesterday.

你好。 Nǐ hǎo. The standard "hello" greeting in Mandarin. Literally means "you good."

你好。 Nǐ hǎo. The standard “hello” greeting in Mandarin. Literally means “you good.”

Zora talks to Lisa, seemingly speaking Mandarin.

Zora talks to Lisa, seemingly speaking Mandarin.

Gramma and Zora debate the taste of a Mandarin orange.

Gramma and Zora debate the taste of a Mandarin orange.

Goofy Grampa. (that can't be translated).

Goofy Grampa. (that can’t be translated).

Some things are more important than others.

RGK

Hong Kong

Via the ferry, Lisa took Zora to Hong Kong yesterday for a doctor’s visit. She ran into the protests. The protests were entirely peaceful. Lisa said it was easy to get around Hong Kong despite the huge crowds. The Chinese hate chaos. So, it is not all surprising that one could witness a huge protest that was not disruptive.

The protests were prompted by the mainland’s decision to limit candidates in the 2017 elections in HK to those approved in Beijing. Lisa tells me that Instagram doesn’t work now on the mainland, and search engines will not return results for “Occupy Central.” When the Brits gave up HK, you knew this was destined to happen. It will be utterly fascinating to see how the PRC manages this issue.

Here are some photos Lisa sent from Hong Kong:

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