Hubei Province, China -
by Mrs. Yannie Fan
( Edited by Mary Lynn Hodshire)
June 25, 2000
Letter from Tuanfeng, Hubei Province
My report from Tuanfeng is a personal note to a young girl from Chicago
who came from Tuanfeng.
Dear Young Friend,
Before I left for China, you
and your mom gave me a package of pictures and letters written in Chinese
and English. It is hard to believe that 35 days later I am at the
Tuanfeng Social Welfare Institute where you spent your first six and a
half years. I have met several of your friends and took a picture
of them in the garden-like yard of the Institute. Every one of the girls
here said that they could never forget you!
Uncle Shao (the name you used for the vice-director of the institute)
told the girls to write letters to you. He instructed them to use
standard characters so that you could read them. Within 20 minutes
your friends, Hong Shen, Qin Lai, Zhen Lai and Yie, all had letters and
postcards for you.
I have translated Qin Lai's postcard below:
I wish you happiness forever on the other side of the globe.
Your old (former) sister,
Then Qin wrote:
Don't forget your sister and foster father and mother. Hopefully
we will be able to meet again in the future.
Zhen Lai also wrote you a postcard with the same message as Qin Lai. Hong
Shen sealed her letter so I could not translate it for you. But,
I think you should be able to read it since you have been studying Chinese
since you came to live in Chicago.
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