Thankfully, my flight home was safe and uneventful. My husband, Barry, met me at Dulles Airport. We had both been waiting for that hug for just over six weeks. It will take me a while to reflect on this entire experience. I'll post some thoughts once I have had the opportunity to process them.
If you are really interested in China you may want to take a look at a couple of books. Both of these were recommended to me by my friend Yungtai Hsu who just finished his doctoral studies at Oxford University in December. One book is is called Changing Lanes in China: Foreign Direct Investment, Local Governments and Auto Sector Development. It is by Eric Thun. It is more academic than I would prefer and not necessarily what you would catagorize as "pleasure reading". I'm still struggling with it, but you may want to focus on only the introduction and first chapter.
The second book is FANTASTIC. It is called China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power by Rob Gifford. I am less than half way through it. However, it seems to me that Mr. Gifford certainly hits the mark in the areas on which I’ve had an opportunity to reflect, and he brings clarity to other areas. His insights are wonderful and well articulated. If you decide to read the book, let me know what you think.
I want to thank Kristen Felder and Collisionhub.com for enabling me to share my experiences. As I am sure you noticed, Kristen even posted my first two weeks of blog entries. I finally figured out how to post them tonight. I'd say that is a good use of middle of the night jet lag. Now I'll see if I can figure out how to embed photos.
Until next time.