Wednesday, 29 December 2010

A response to Chinese Take Away 3

A posting in its own right

Having met a problem in posting a Comment to 'Chinese Take Away 3', Susie Mallett writes –
Don't lose the Chinese
But we Brits already did!
The carnival is over
Yes it feels a bit like it and Christmas came and went soon after, in a flash of anti-climax.
But for me at least the carnival will be revived to go on just a bit longer, I hope that, when I retrieve all the China Daily newspaper snippets and the four written-in-Hong-Kong note books, that are dotted all over the flat, I shall start writing about my experiences and not just illustrating yours!
These papers are all buried under mounds of Christmas wrapping paper, sweet-making ingredients and decorations since I unpacked them.
Is China done?
I spent two weeks in Hong Kong visiting centres, talking to colleagues in the "East" and trying my best to learn about what the Hong Kongers are doing in their own conductive world.
The trip was fascinating and I saw a lot of conductive work in a short time. I hope that I have made contacts with people with whom I shall exchange many ideas until we perhaps meet again in Munich in 2013, if not before and elsewhere.
I do so hope that China is not 'done' for me.
Well in advance of the Congress I decided that I would display the book that I have published as a poster in Hong Kong.
It was impossible to transport boxes full of them in my suitcase, although between the German delgates and myself we did get several copies out to Hong Kong.
I got some very postive responses, especially from the East. I had a few people asking where they could be purchased, some have got back to me in emails, others have just forgotten about it and, like the Congress will, quite soon perhaps, be forgotten by some too.
As you say the social networking site was a good idea but, as relatively few people took part, it was less successful than it could have been.
I, however, will always consider it as being a success as it was through this site that I was able to make the arrangements to take part in an amazing Chinese painting course at Hong Kong Art School. I spent some valuable hours with a paint brush in my hand learning from a Chinese artist, Liu Mangkuan, about the strokes to use for different trees, mountains and flowers. Learning how to mix the ink in the wanted dilution and how to flick the brush to paint a living orchid bloom.
I loved it. It was yet another dream come true, and a taster that I will have to develop now that I am home.
It was also through the site that I was able to make contact with the leader of a pre-Congress workshop that I wished to take part in. This was carried out in Chinese with no translation. Through this contact I was able to establish that I would be welcome there despite the language barrier that in the end turned out not to be a barrier at all. I had guessed that this would be the case, as the language was art.
It was a lovely two hours of peaceful communication in a busy two weeks.
It was a pity that I was unable to share either of these experiences with more than just one person from the West - though several from the East. As you say, the Social Networking Platform was not as successful as it could have been, there were too few people talking to each other.
As for trains and MTR
Yes, I have seen those lovely models. Luckily I did not see them in any shops in Hong Kong, my luggage would have been over the weight limit. I really enjoyed being in the very shiny underground with never-ending carriages that bend here and there like the Very Hungary Caterpillar. Not quite as good as travelling on a double-decker tram with its sign asking passengers not to spit, but a close second!
I look forward to reading the "One that got away!" and Chinese Takeaway number four.

Thanks Susie for such an exensive Comment. Even when I am no longer contributing regularly to Conductive World myself, it would be nice to publish the thoughts of others in this way, from time to time...



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