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More shenanigans involving Chinese geography Saturday night, as Yuko and Aya hosted their second evening of dinner and mahjong in the past fortnight. In addition to seeing Takashi and Yumiko - the former from my archaeology class, the latter from the university's international student council - I also met Angela and her boyfriend.

Yuko will be travelling to China in a week's time, and during dinner Angela wanted to know where she'll be staying for her trip. The reply was that she'll be in Kunming (昆明), the capital of Yunnan Province, which led to Angela's boyfriend - an international student from Japan - asking if that wasn't near Angela's home city. Angela pointed out how Yunnan is in the southwest of China while she lives in the southeast, and after I brought up a question on whether Yunnan was one of the provinces with a sizable Miao (苗) population in China she looked pleasantly surprised and teased her boyfriend about how I knew more about 'her' country than he did.

However, this also raised my curiosity, so I asked where she lived in the southeast. It turns out she's from Shenzhen (深圳), and my positive acknowledgment that I knew of the city was enough to make her ecstatic with delight. She mentioned how I was the only non-Chinese person she'd met who had heard of her hometown, and her mood improved even more when she heard that I was familiar with the city through Chinese Super League side Shenzhen Jianlibao (深圳健力宝), as apparently she used to go to games all the time when she was living at home. Whoa!

Angela and I must have spent at least the next thirty minutes discussing football together - both within China and on the international stage - with some participation from Yumiko before the rest of the Japanese students directed our conversation to other subjects. Still, her dad is a season ticket holder and I'm supposed to go visit them to see a game in Shenzhen at some point in the future. I'm certainly looking forward to the experience.

Oh yeah, and we did eventually get around to playing mahjong.

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lilisullivan
Jun. 12th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
are all your friends from Asia?
samedi
Jun. 12th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
Not all of them, but some of my better friends are from Asia.

My current flatmate is someone who was introduced to me by a Ukrainian girl I met at a café, while all the students from Japan are people I met through my friend Tsukasa - who was the 'friend of a friend' who drove me back to the university when my car broke down over the winter break.

Most of the American students I know are people I talk to on campus but never get to know well enough to do things outside of class. The last international call I made was to Hungary, if that makes things look any better.
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