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china
中国大连
ethomsen
Elizabeth Thomsen
dalian
辽宁
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中国
tl
futureschool


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Leo

Leo
Leo was my favorite student in my favorite class. He was very smart, very funny, and somehow just more animated than the other kids. He loved to draw on the blackboard before class and during the break. Here he is drawing a crane -- he mostly drew ships and cranes and other things related to transportation or construction. Boy things, and also real Dalian things -- Dalian is a major seaport, and under endless construction.

Over the course of the summer, he developed the habit of teasing me by drawing ships with American flags flying, waiting for my approval, and then drawing Chinese planes bombing them or similar elements of battle. I would act out great distress, madly erasing the bombs and guns, turning them into flowers, making the Chinese and Americans hold hands, drawing hearts all over the place, etc. Sometimes I said "China and America are friends!" in English, and, if I wanted to be really amusing, in my bad Chinese.

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