A week of study in the US equals a year in Europe and Japan, they joke

“My aunt, in Hanoi for the first time, was afraid of having her picture taken. She said: ‘No, no!’ and turned her face away if someone tried to take a picture of her. I had arranged to telephone a cousin who lives in the country. But when she went to the telephone in her commune, she was afraid to pick it up when it rang. I could not talk to her. I realize that the unfamiliar has become familiar to me.”

Posted January 30, 2001

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