It’s very different nowadays 今非昔比

Michael Chinoy’s documentary on China the week that changed the world screened at China Center this evening at 7 World Trade Center @ 250 Greenwich Street more pix on FB

It’s a wonderful documentary, also brought back many memories from that by-gone era. Did I mention that Dr. Henry Kissinger was the very first rock star in China? Long before Bill Gates and Yao Ming. As I was watching, I asked myself: where’s China’s footage of this historical week?

One of the journalists mentioned the much-talked-about hand-shaking incident with Zhou Enlai 周恩来握手. I remembered our primary school teacher said it was 赫鲁小夫 Khrushchev in Geneva. This is one version on the web:

在日内瓦会议期间,一个美国记者先是主动和周恩来握手,周总理出于礼节没有拒绝,但没有想到这个记者刚握完手,忽然大声说:“我怎么跟中国的好战者握手呢?真不该!真不该!”然后拿出手帕不停地擦自己刚和周恩来握过的那只手,然后把手帕塞进裤兜。这时很多人在围观,看周总理如何处理。周恩来略略皱了一下眉头,他从自己的口袋里也拿出手帕,随意地在手上扫了几下,然后——走到拐角处,把这个手帕扔进了痰盂。他说:“这个手帕再也洗不干净了!”

Barbara Walter said whenever she asked for hot water for her contact lens, the hotel staff would always bring her tea.
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Those anecdotes are plenty and fascinating but my 今非昔比 meant for the locale: China Center. I’ve a Taiwanese neighbor who used to have his office at the WTC. I visited it once and realized that he shared the small bare room with many others: all they had were a desk! Not sure they were the pioneers or bunkers in/from Chinatown. Guess they wanted the office address then. China Center has its own office, really.

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