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R.P. BenDedek

Finding Myself in China Chapter 9
By R.P. BenDedek
Sep 14, 2013 - 12:10:56 AM

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Excerpt from Chapter 9 Hong Hu to Wuhan

Judy the American Born Chinese

Judy's family originally hailed from the south of China, and as a child, her mother was sent to stay with relatives in Hong Kong. She later moved to the United States where she married a Chinese man from another country. Since their Chinese languages were different, their two daughters grew up speaking English. Judy once told me that in the U.S. she neither felt Chinese nor American and that she had hoped that visiting China and meeting her Grandmother and other relatives for the first time, would help her find herself too. In the summer of 2004 she arrived in China to find her roots. What she initially found was that she couldn't stomach the food, and spent weeks trying to recover from the shock to her system. When I was first introduced to her she was not well at all.

Because Judy looked Chinese everyone assumed that she spoke Chinese. Many were the times that upon seeing us together, people would ask her questions about me. The irony was that while she never understood what they were saying - I did! On one occasion the bicycle shop owner became incensed when Judy kept ignoring him and finally he grabbed her and demanded that she answer his questions. At that point I stepped in and said: 'Hey Mister! She's a foreigner. She doesn't speak Chinese!' The poor guy nearly dropped dead from the shock. On another occasion we were in YiChang on a sightseeing trip, (Yichang is the starting point for the Three Gorges Dam tours ). We were on the river bank and Judy was off taking photographs when a passing old couple made a comment about the 'foreigner'. I told the old lady that Judy was the foreigner but that I was from Xinjiang (Muslim Province in the northwest - many people there have a Middle Eastern appearance).

The old lady said that I was stupid and obviously a foreigner and that it was Judy who was Chinese. When they tried to speak to Judy, she held a blank look on her face and in her worst Chinese accent said: 'I don't understand!' The look on the old couple's faces was priceless. Another time (in Wuhan) we got into a taxi after leaving a restaurant. Judy sat in the back seat and I sat in the front. Every time I told the driver where to go he ignored me and kept asking Judy where we were going. She just ignored him. Finally I said: 'She's American. She doesn't understand Chinese.'

Suddenly the driver could understand my Chinese. This is a common occurrence when a foreigner speaks Chinese whilst accompanied by Chinese friends. No one understands the foreigner!

The time I spent with Judy in Hong Hu was wonderful. We traveled together to Yichang, to the Qinchuan pavilion in Wuhan and frequently went on bicycle rides all over the countryside. She was also kind enough to let me interview her for my Column at Magic City.

With my second year in Hong Hu coming to an end, I had to make a decision about my future. Although Judy (while in America) had originally agreed to teach in Hong Hu for a year, after her first few weeks in China she decided that she didn't think she could manage to last one whole year, and so told them she would only work for one semester. When she told me that she was leaving her school and had booked into a Chinese course at Wuhan University, I decided that perhaps that would be best for me as well.

Since there was no one to really spend time with me to teach me Mandarin, I had to learn what I could by listening to conversations and asking questions, and the end result was that I was learning Chinese in local dialect. I decided that I needed to learn Chinese properly in a classroom setting. At the same time I was in negotiations to teach in Wuhan. When that school cooperated with me to make it possible to attend Chinese classes in the morning and teach in the afternoons, I readily agreed to do both. And so it was, that at the beginning of 2005, Judy and I both set off to study in Wuhan. As it turned out however, we each only managed one semester of study.

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

Writers Journal Kingscalendar

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?

Pathological Blindness of Political Correctness
R.P. BenDedek
Aug 23, 2013

Here are excerpts from three different articles which all portray symptoms of PC induced pathological blindness. The forces pushing Islam (not to be confused with Muslims practicing Islam) have only one goal which has been stated over and over again by many people in many places at many different times: "To turn the world to Islam" (and destroy the Big Satan - The USA - in the process.)

Get rid of your Baggage People
R.P. BenDedek
Aug 21, 2013

Einstein is purported to have said: 'Insanity is when you do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result'. The 'pastors' I mentioned above, were real people; people who did their best to get me to believe and do as they did. In each of those cases 'prior to being caught out in their sins', each of those pastors spoke ill of me, slandered me and did their best to control and manipulate people I knew. They did me a lot of injury and caused me a lot of grief.

Terrorism the Media doesn't want to report on
by R.P. BenDedek et al.
August 13, 2006

Every time Israel takes action against Hamas in Gaza and starts blowing up tunnels, the 'western activists' start gushing tears from their eyes and blood from their hearts. The purpose here today is simply to provide information to counter the irrationality of 'agenda driven' activists who seek to control the emotions and minds of the silent and somewhat mindless majority. I am still 8 years old, hospitalized in critical condition. Screaming from pain. Bandaged from head to toe. And my head is not the same. No longer full of golden long hair. The head is burnt. The face, back, the legs and arms, burnt. I am surrounded by family members, but my mother is not with me.


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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