This morning I had trouble logging into my Bluefield email account so I tried the Yahoo email account and I had trouble with that also. It was strange it seemed everything else was working just fine. Later in the day the Yahoo miraculously opened long enough for me to send out an email to Linda. John (my faithful interpreter and maybe the faculty member coming in the fall) was my guide today and he took me to the Nanjing Memorial where they have a huge building dedicated to the victims of the Nanjing massacre by the Japanese in 1937. The best estimate is that over 300,000 civilians and unarmed soldiers were killed. Apparently the Japanese commander had said surrender of we will wreck havoc on you. That is what they did, killing ruthlessly and raping ruthlessly. They have many eyewitness accounts from both surviving civilians, Japanese soldiers after the war, and groups of foreigners who tried to set up safe zones in the city. It was very disturbing and moving at the same time.
Afterwards we walked across the street to the Brocade Museum which is a silk cloth making factory that uses gold in their weavings. It was very interesting to see all the beautiful examples of clothes, ties, table runners, etc. They also had about 12 looms that were operational. These looms require two people to operate, one person down low and one person up high. It looked like hot hard work. It was very interesting to see.
After that we ate lunch at a “Hot Pot”. This is a way of eating Chinese food where they put a pot of boiling broth on your table with a heater underneath and then you order various dishes to put in the pot to cook. We had shrimp, lettuce, bean noodle, shrimp dumplings, sliced beef, rice bars, and sweet potatoes. It was a very interesting way to cook your food and it was all very good. I have never eaten boiled lettuce before. They also had a cool dish that had some soy sauce and other spices to flavor your items as they came out of the “hot pot”.
We then stopped by a Wal-Mart as I was looking for some clear contact paper to finish up an art project, no luck at all. Then John drove me back to my room where I watched a movie on my computer and then started working on a woodcut I am trying to finish while here.
At 6:30 John met me again and we took a bus for dinner at this French Restaurant that Lynn had taken me to a couple of weeks ago. I had stumbled upon it last night looking for the Bank of China. John had lasagna and a salad and I had pork chops in a mustard sauce with a side of potatoes and vegetables. Yummy! I then came back to my apartment, took a shower, and worked some more on the woodcut. I am writing this before I head to bed. Good night!