Easter in China

Although NPR reports there are more Christians than Communist Party members in China (because it is very hard to gain membership), the country remains mainly a secular nation.  Some of my students have announced that they are Christian; one said her mother became much kinder once she became a Christian, but for most, religion does not play a part in their lives.  They are, however, a moral, hard-working people who value family, friends, and nation.  But Easter is not a big holiday here.

So as we have done at other holidays since we’ve been here, we invited other foreign teachers and a few students to come to our apartment for a potluck celebration.  Melinda came in from Shanghai to visit too.

Melinda shopping in the Lin'an market

Sarah Jane, Becky, and Sarah Jean--Barry in the kitchen started cooking early

Students Ben and Mabel, ZAFU English Department Chair Ellen, and Sarah Jane

Ellen brought us a beautiful bouquet of 10 red roses and four lilies; we still enjoy it and the lovely scent a week later.   Others brought mashed potatoes (my favorite), great fruit, yummy deviled eggs, and other great treats.  Barry made a terrific spaghetti and egg salad; I put together little pizzas.  We didn’t have a traditional Easter meal, but we had fun talking and eating.

Melinda, Bill, Drew, Ryan, Ben, and Mabel

Becky--Barry still working in the kitchen--and the remains of our Easter meal

Morten joined us later, and we talked into the night. Is Barry still in the kitchen?

Although we didn’t have an Easter egg hunt since we are much too educated and mature for that, we did boil eggs.  Everyone got to color an egg with marking pens to take home.  Ryan left his behind, but I think it is much too cute to eat.

Ryan's egg man 🙂

We hope all of you enjoyed a Happy Easter.  Love, Renee

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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