Eating bitter

…enduring hardship — or “eating bitter,” as Chinese like to say — is just as important as overcoming it. The rugged farmers of Sichuan have developed a reputation for being even abler than the rest of their countrymen in this respect. And since the quake struck, they have earned their reputation anew.
 “Our mothers and fathers teach us from an early age,” explained Jiang Mixiao, 45, whose apartment building in Dujiangyuan, just northwest of Chengdu, was flattened by the quake. “We all know how to eat bitter.”