During our second day in Beijing, we met up with a friend of Norman Giradot’s – Lehigh University professor and Journey from the East (JFTE) Leadership Committee Member. Chen Xia, a leading Daoist scholar, met us at a coffee shop with her sister. Another colleague and friend joined us later, Liu Yan; both Xia and Lui taught at the Beijing International Studies University.
We talked for hours about China, the US, the JFTE project, Touchstone, politics, etc. The conversation flowed easily, even with some pauses for how to communicate something better or more simply. We ended up at a great dumpling place, and Xia treated us to a wonderful meal of steamed and boiled dumplings. Here’s a photo of us at dinner.
It was an amazing evening in China filled with good conversation, good food, and new friends. Both hope to join us for the April production of JFTE in 2013. We hope to see them again soon!