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An American in China

Old Man Practicing Calligraphy on the Sidewalk in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 2, 2010

To me, this photo pretty much represents China. Here is an old guy, probably 70 , has seen it all. Seen the birth of Communism, the cultural revolution, the opening up of China and here is is living like he never dreamed possible. The guy eats three good meals per day, can have meat more than once per month, and does not have to worry about ass-whippings from the red guard. So, here he sits, whiling away his nights doing Chinese calligraphy on the cement in front of an apartment his children bought for him.

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