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R.P. BenDedek

Finding Myself in China Chapter 6
By R.P. BenDedek
Aug 16, 2013 - 12:05:31 AM

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Chapter 6 Made to feel at home.

Mingxing

I've met a whole village full of Mingxing's family and there are heaps of stories about my stays at his home in Heng Ji, the first of which was called 'Down on the Farm'. Hengji is a couple of kilometers off the main road and on a dirt track (which a few years later became a cement road), and is I think around 20 kilometers from Fengkou. Fengkou, which is a town of Hong Hu, is closer to Xindi. Closer still is Jianshi, which is where my sister-in-law comes from. (Did I mention that my brother married a local girl?) Some of Mingxing's relatives live in Jianshi, and when he repeated senior grade three, my sister-in-law's brother John was in his class of 130 students.

Mingxing's family has always made me feel a part of their family, and I always feel at home there, even though that has meant at times that I have learned to live quite a different lifestyle. Although someone once mentioned to me that they thought I was using literary license when I wrote in an article that I was drinking water straight from the creek in Hengji, the fact is that I have actually done that (although I didn't know it), and I never got sick.

One morning on the farm, I woke up to find no one in the house. I was quite thirsty and so went to the thermos flask to get some hot water but both flasks were empty. I went to the kettle that sits atop a little brick stove, and the kettle was empty. I went to the barn (where the cooking stove is and where the food is stored) intending to drink from a little tap that I had seen next to the stove. When I turned the handle, nothing happened. Underneath it however there was a huge earthenware pot full of water. Assuming that it was filled with tap water, I drank from it. It was 'piquant' shall we say. Tasting something akin to rainwater from a tank and with a robust but enchanting 'je ne c'est quoi', it did its job and satisfied my thirst.

Next day I saw father carrying two buckets of water from the creek, and watched in horror as he refilled that earthenware pot. That creek was stagnant in places, covered in moss, and had a dead fish and even a dead chicken in it. The Ox drank from it, bathed in it, shit in it, and I had seen local kids pissing in it. Oh Dear lord in heaven protect me! You know, in all the years I have been in China, the only time I have gotten sick from food, was in 2008 in Suzhou, when, after not going out all weekend and therefore eating only what I myself had cooked, I ended up with a stomach bug for 4 days. Ironic isn't it?

When you consider how I was feeling prior to coming to China; that I had no past and no future, it is not difficult to see what it was about those first two years in Hong Hu that appealed to me, and while one might be tempted to say that those feelings were simply the result of the 'repaid kindness' of families whose kids lived with me, the fact is that such kindness was not restricted to just those boys families.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: November 2014

  • As mentioned on the Chapters as Published: Finding Myself in China page, the original contents of these pages has been removed leaving an excerpt. Chapter numbers as they appear at Magic City are no longer correct within the current draft of the book. There has also been a lot of editing in the areas of grammar, additional stories and rewording of stories. Nevertheless I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen and will consider buying the book when it becomes available.

R.P. BenDedek
Email: rpbendedek@hotmail.com

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2013 Social Commentary Articles

Giving the Finger to Comrade GOOGLE's brand of Communism
By Comrade R.P. BenDedek
August 26, 2013

I have come to the decision that the only thing I can do is take a page out of Comrade Google's 'Little Red Book' and say: 'Screw You!' Comrade Google didn't like the way the Communist Government of China kept changing the rules. Comrade Google would not submit to a 'totalitarian authority'. Comrade Google decided to pull up stakes and leave. Is there a lesson to be learned in that?

Learning to Hate The U.S.A.
by R.P. BenDedek
August 11, 2013

American Education is actively turning young Americans into terrorists. The speaker is Brigitte Gabriel (pseudonym), a Lebanese American journalist, author, and activist. Within the video she produces documents which purport that despite so called separation of State and Church, Islam is being introduced to school children at school, and via injection of big dollars into universities all over the USA, Students are being taught to hate the USA.

Political Islam is full of hypocrisy and lies
by R.P. BenDedek
August 11, 2013

Politicians care only for themselves and nothing for the truth unless it suits their purposes. What they do call truth is usually nothing but lies! The general population - never seem to notice when radicals of all nationalities, religions and persuasions turn to 'ad hominems' rather than to logical debate when someone disagrees with them. The honest man will argue his point honestly. The perverted man ignores the argument and attacks the man (ad hominem) as though truth is not found in discovering and weighing the evidence and facts but in the character and 'Politically Correct Nature' of the person speaking them.


R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (
http://www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.

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"The King's Calendar" is a chronological study of the historical books of the Bible (Kings and Chronicles), Josephus, Seder Olam Rabbah, and the (Essene) Damascus Document of The Dead Sea Scrolls

 


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