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By Elizabeth Quan

MOONGATES DOTTED THE panorama OF outdated CHINA. old chinese language architects had sculpted stone piled on sculpted stone to shape around doors, with the religious symbolism of the complete moon. To step via the sort of doors was once to step right into a global of peace and happiness....

And so it was once within the Nineteen Twenties that the Lee King relations - father, mom, and 6 little ones, elderly ten months to seven years - traveled from their domestic in Canada, around the Pacific Ocean, to inland China. There, that they had the chance to step past the moongate right into a land no longer but touched by way of glossy struggle or political unrest.

The tale of the moongate, tells of the 2 "golden" years the relations spent with Grandmother in a distant village within the south, which hadn't replaced for hundreds of years.

Step within and dwell the lengthy lazy days of a China eternally long gone. The moongate beckons....

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We got all dressed up, but as we passed the school and heard the other children reciting their lessons, we felt guilty. Oh well, we thought, we don’t do this every day! In town, the sight of the stalls and the milling of the crowds thrilled us – so different from an ordinary day in our village! POPO THE HEALER Popo, our beloved grandmother, was an extraordinary woman, well-known to a wide community of villages on the Pearl River delta. A staunch Christian, she’d had contact with missionaries from an early age.

By morning, the “dead” man was brought back to life! Though Popo had little money, she was known to give her train fare away so someone less fortunate could ride to the church located in town, several miles away. Popo would walk there on her own bound feet. In later years, she’d saved enough to build a small church at the edge of her village. Popo’s eyes were keen and her ears alert. She could hear a raucous disturbance from a great distance and would run outside, banging her iron pot with a bamboo stick, to alert everyone to trouble.

Dai So produced an embroidered baby carrier, with bands to tie around the body. She helped with the knots, and, before long, Gerry was carrying the baby wherever she went. At the baby’s One Month Banquet, Papa invited the whole village for a celebratory feast, which also served as a housewarming for the renovated house. People came throughout the day, including beggars from near and far. There was a whole pig, roasted on a spit, baskets of fish balls to be mixed with cooked greens, and a great cauldron of rice.

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