On the television.

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In a few days time, it will mark the one year anniversary since the date we left for our Chinese adventure. We have been home for just over four months now and many of the memories are already fading. Still, when anything Chinese turns up in the paper, on TV or on the internet, it easily captures our attention.

Recently I had to get up abnormally early to drive into work. As I was eating breakfast I was flicking through the TV channels and came across the Chinese News. It must have been around 6:30am. It was strange yet comforting to hear the unfamiliar yet very familiar language. Whilst I can only speak a small amount of Mandarin, I find it very easy to recognize it as a language. p6140650

I found it funny that it should be on so early. While in China, I remember complaining to Courtney about how few English channel choices there were. I remember saying how it would have been awesome to even have had subtitles for the regular Chinese programming. There must have been over 30 TV channels on regular(non-cable) Chinese TV. Some of the shows looked quite interesting. Many were round the clock news, and others…well just out there. Thinking back to how weird it felt – how isolating, not to be able to understand or enjoy such a simple facet as TV – and then I remember while over there, thinking back to how many Chinese language options were on here in Australia. Other than the odd Chinese movie on SBS, a Chinese speaker could enjoy getting up at 6:30am to watch the news. Ah well, I suppose it all evens out.

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