|Butterfly Lovers, painting on silk||by me|
Here is a piece from my book soon to be published, Stories on Silk; a Peek into China
We spent the afternoon in deep conversation with Yang Jian Hua and other Chinese friends, visiting a beautiful garden park that once belonged to a courtier of Kubla Khan, and ended the day with a long delicious meal in a private room in a local restaurant. It was a meeting of the “Speaking English Club”. Steve’s Chinese friends call him Lao Wan Tang, which translates to “the ancient child”. I enjoyed the conversation that slipped effortlessly between English and Chinese. It didn’t bother me that I understand no Chinese, as I like the sound of the language and because the tone of the conversation was companionable and jovial no matter what language was being spoken.