July 25, 2006

Brother released, Sister gets her life back

Filed under: Nina's blog — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 2:28 pm

On Sunday Hao’s sister Nina posted on her blog about resuming a somewhat more normal life now that Hao has been released:

Our family finally managed to get together, but in a few days we scattered again to the ends of the earth. My younger brother will be in Beijing, my husband in Shanghai, my parents returning to Chengdu and I will begin my new job in a new city. My family has never been separated in this way. When I think about the uncertain future, my heart felt grayish.

When I woke up in the morning, it was drizzling outside and the skies were
as gray as my mood. The Shanghai weather is rarely so crisp. My daughter wore the new skirt that her uncle bought and she flew around the departure hall in the airport and drew a small and beautiful picture in the dim crowd.

The airplane had an abundant supply of newspapers, magazines, television
programs, food and drinks. The meal even included a serving of Haagen-Dazs ice cream. This small present brightened me up eventually. The gentle smile of the stewardess was as beautiful as the rainbow after the rain.

When I got off the airplane, the language that entered my ears were completely different from what I was hearing three hours ago. Although the street lights were as brilliant as Shanghai’s, the different clothes and expressions of the people reminded me that I am in a new world. I stood in the bustling streets like Alice exploring the world in a fairy tale. My heart was filled with perlexity about the uncertain future and yearning for the new life. When I thought about being able to do what I like once more, that I will make new friends and that I can enjoy the fun of exploration, I could not wait to think about starting my new life.

Nina, you truly deserve to enjoy life now. All brothers should be so lucky to have a sister like you.


  1. Nina, enjoy your new job and best wishes to you and your family.

    Comment by Other Lisa — July 26, 2006 @ 6:56 am

  2. Nina, we never met, but I believe you’ll have a very good life.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 26, 2006 @ 5:01 pm

  3. Dear Nina, a terrifying ordeal with a happy ending. I was
    born in America 75 years ago and have been very well
    educated but your command of the English language and skill as a writer are far better than mine. Obviously you have
    incredible endurance, dedication and other human talents
    far beyond the average and an ability to love that is truly

    I guess this is to be expected. You are a member of an
    ancient civilization that I have always admired. May you
    experience love and good fortune all the days of your life!
    With great respect, John in Texas

    Comment by John Shaw — August 19, 2006 @ 5:49 am

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