07 May 2011


Franklin Ishida from the Lutheran church sponsoring agency came to Baotou -- our very first visitor.He impressed Diane's students with his Japanese, his insights on being a Japanese American, and his explanation of the role of the church in China and the world. We toured the Red Revolutionary Museum which houses a hundred statues in all sizes of Chairman Mao, a large display of his little red book, and learned of the 3 wheels of revolutionary success -- a bicycle, a sewing machine, and a watch. 
Franklin and William before stone cutouts of a Mongolian horse and fish.
We visited the Tibetan style Buddhist shrine and watched worshippers burning incense and writing prayers on white and blue scarves.
Mongolian-style singers, musicians and dancers entertained us at local restaurant
where we dined on lamb and sipped milk tea with millet.