I met my relatives at 上海的得和茶馆 (more pics on FB) on Friday, Sept 17. Ms. Song Luxia 宋露霞 女士 came too who graciously autographed her books for me. She wrote many books on Shanghai’s who’s who (old timers) and is on the first name basis with many relatives of my two branches of family. It might be due to the popular demand, there are many overlapping materials being published in her different books. I could not image this would happen in the US. She did come up with a great idea and ran with it.
The Dehe Tea House is a cute place to linger. They provide simply food, buffet style that comes as the perk with the tea. The price structure is per person based on the tea one chooses: from under 100 yuan to well over 3,000 yuan (US$15 to $500+). The day I was there, one big booth (corner) was being used by a company with a speaker. The tea house generally let you stay as long as you want. However the waitress told me no picture-taking was allowed. Oh well ..
It’s been many years since I first spoke or wrote to some of them. I felt very flattered and lucky that they took their time to meet with me. One of the relatives in Shanghai who used to be someone but now is less known has refused, citing … ‘no time .. ‘. When I called him, after one ring I hung up because I had another call coming in (and it was a wrong number). Immediately he called back. Hmmmmmmm … don’t know about this. In any case, it’s regretful that I didn’t get to meet him.
One of the uncles is a retired history professor who happens to be a colleague of an author whom I planned to visit but didn’t. Talking about this small world.
There are few relatives whom I interviewed but has since vanished (.. ..) or passed away. My timing seemed bit off but I’m glad that I made it there in 2010.
One old uncle still remembered vividly the poem Popo wrote back then, telling me that she was anxious to get married. I didn’t get to meet him, unfortunately.