Thursday, March 20, 2008
A Picture and 1000 Stories
A Picture and a Thousand Stories
This picture tells a story. The main character is the young girl on the left. She is responding to questions. My role (that's me on the right side of the photo) is one of educator in the exact sense of this web site. I am not in "teaching" mode, I am in "drawing forth" mode. The one doing the teaching is the little girl on the left.
This took place at an English corner at a university campus in Beijing. The conversation had previously turned a bit ugly. The topic was the political relationship between China and Japan. There is a lot of unresolved history from World War II. I was the only foreigner present that evening. The graduate student who was ‘hosting” this discussion tried repeatedly to draw me into the politics of the discussion. These two little girls turned up and changed the dynamic.
I asked the little girl on the left, “So, what do you think? Do you think we should fight and have wars to solve problems?” She responded with, “Oh, no! We should all just love each other." We all learned a great lesson.