Confession time. When we were at Tianjin University the other day, some students had a big white banner with something written on it, and student signatures were scrawled all over it. When we walked by one of them approached us: “Excuse me. We now are having this activity. Can we have your autograph?” They were celebrating the 30th anniversary of the re-opening of the university (the restarting of the national entrance exams I think) after the Cultural Revolution. Since we’re big fans of education we said OK, but I signed it Wayne Gretzky.
Today after a culture lecture in the morning I went for a haircut on a street corner. It was actually a lot of fun. The guy was really friendly and talkative, and the 7 or so people that gathered around to watch and chat were really friendly, too. It’s a good deal; language practice and a haircut for 39 cents! He had more English than the average Old Hundred Names, and claims he learned it
from the radio. He officially welcomed me to China in English — it was kind of cute. It got funny when he started replying to the Chinese speakers in English: “You are right.” “Three yuan.” “Excuse me.” It got even funnier when they started teaching me old slogans, like: “Study hard for the revolution!” and “The working class is the highest class!” The haircut itself got a mixed review from Jessica, but I gotta go back to that guy. The photos are of the people who stuck around to watch the è€å¤– get his hair cut. It felt kind of weird that they didn’t ask my name and so I didn’t ask any of theirs, especially with all the questions flying around in the conversation. I’ll make a point to ask him next time I go by.
This weekend’s slogan comes with a bonus Inspiration Thought, which I found on a fish tank in the lobby of our old apartment building:
Yearning for the ocean, sailing to the ocean and embracing the ocean, Enriched concentration shapes a wide expanse of Secret Ocean and forms a vast land of fortune
I think Koreans made the fish tank… here’s the photo.
And here’s this weekend’s slogan. This weekend would’ve been a twofer, but no one, including our teachers, knows what that last character is in yellow. These banners are right near the JHF office.
zÅ«n shÇ’u shÃ¨ huÃ¬ gÅng dÃ©, wÃ©i hÃ¹ gÅng gÃ²ng wÃ¨i shÄ“ng
“Observe social ethics, uphold public hygiene!”