Friday, February 13, 2015

2015: Year of the goat in the Chinese Zodiac.

This is the year of the goat according to the Chinese Zodiac, and it is Chinese New Year.

About 100 years ago, in 1907, my great grand dad left the village Guang Ning, near to Guangzhou city for Sibu, Sarawak.

In 1978, I left Sibu for Auckland.

In 1989, Guangzhou became a twin city of Auckland. I was very pleased and proud. I have not been to GuangZhou or China, but to be part of this twinning gave me a great sense of pride.

In 1999, the people of Guangzhou presented this statue of five rams to the people of their sister city. When I see it when I visit Myers Park, my chest swells with pride. It makes me want to visit Guangzhou.

Some of my adult ESOL students from Guangzhou ask, "You never been back? You should!"

May be I will, in the near future. The Water Engineer was in Guangzhouand he saw the same statue.

Guangzhou is the Hangyu pingyin or Mandarin name for what was Canton.

1 comment:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That would be great if you got to visit the home of your ancestors! I wish I could visit the countries mine came from.

On my blog, you asked about the crops growing in black plastic. Here in this part of Florida they use that a lot. The farm we visit grows strawberries, lettuce and other greens, and tomatoes ithat way. They poke a hole in it for the plants to come up.