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Another GALA success for the UNH ‘Confucius Institute’ — after the widely acclaimed & heavily attended ‘paper umbrella making‘ workshop in January this year (ahead of the Chinese New Year). This too was packed; very festive, very musical (with UNH’s President, Dr. James Dean getting thing rolling), sustenance-loaded, celebratory and a lot of fun. Bravo, yet again, Dr. Yige Wang & Dr. Yaling Liu, and the ever hospitable ‘Confucius Institute’.
We were honored with the presence of the new UNH President, the very personable (and musically talented) Dr. James Dean, and the impressive Dr. Michele Dillon, Dean of UNH’s College of Liberal Arts. It happened to be Dr. Dillon’s birthday. So, there was a trumpet fanfare & ‘Happy Birthday‘ and birthday cake big enough to feed the whole crowd. That was a bonus.
I was lucky enough to have seen the Oyster River students perform, in Chinese, when I was there for the umbrella event. I was looking forward to seeing them again knowing that they had performed, to standing ovations, in China in the interim. They were brilliant. We also were treated to a performance of ‘Moon River’ by Professor Gunlogson & one of her students.
The buffet dinner, as ever, was outstanding. I don’t think anybody went hungry. We sure didn’t.
The Moon Cake making was fun — I am told. I personally did not partake. I was busy taking pictures. But, I could see and tell that folks were having a ball. And then the ultimate accolade. As we were leaving Teischan said “that was fun“! To say that, that coming from her, is indeed rare and high-praise would be an understatement. She is mega-fussy. I can’t remember the last time I have heard her say that. Wow. Please trust me on this. If Teischan thought that it was fun, it had to have been extremely special.
Thank you, ‘Confucius Institute’. You folks always do us all proud.
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However, only the 18th Tallest Tower in the World.
Buildings are EVEN TALLER than Towers
because they can have a wide base.
What struck me the most was the Chinese financing. I do NOT follow much of the happenings in Sri Lanka (having left 52-years ago), but I have heard, often of late, that China is basically ‘owning’ more and more of the country — including having a long lease on a strategic harbor. Well, to be honest, I genuinely think that the best thing that can happen to the country is to become an enclave of China — a Hong Kong, a bit further away.
The shape cracks me up. But, that is probably just I.
I was surprised to learn where it fitted in relative to other towers and buildings. I have seen (but not gone up) the ‘Stratosphere Tower’ in Vegas. So, now I have an idea as to how tall it is. I have also seen the ‘CN Tower’ in Toronto, albeit a long time ago.
Just wanted to bring this to your attention — and also highlight the China connection.
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Kamala Harris is 50% Tamil. There is nothing wrong with that. I, personally, though I am, by birth, a Sri Lankan Sinhalese, have nothing against Tamils in general — though, I, like million others, were not fond of what the ‘Tamil Tigers‘ did in Sri Lanka. My current doctor, BY CHOICE, is Tamil and my prior cardiologist (who has since moved away from New Hampshire) was also Tamil. Growing up our neighbours, who we interacted daily, and were very much part of the family, were Tamil and one of our closest family friends (a gifted sculptor from Madras (now Chennai)) was Tamil.
Yes, 99.5% of Americans would never have heard of the ‘Tamil Tigers’ or care what or who they are. But, there are millions who do worry about the ‘Tamil Tigers’ — and there are probably a few thousand Sinhalese with American citizenship that will factor this in when they vote in 2020.
IF (and that is a HUGE, HUGE ‘IF’) Kamala Harris becomes president her attitude towards the Tamil Tigers will be pivotal.
If she is sympathetic to them, despite all of the International condemnations, it could change the balance of power in central Asia. India would be happy, BUT not China. Sri Lanka would be screwed.
I doubt whether this will ever come up in a debate.
But, somebody needs to ask her this question, on the record.
Don’t you think so?
It is unlikely to ever happen, BUT it is worth a thought.
There is, of course, a basis for my provocative thought. China is said to be slowly gobbling up whatever bits of Sri Lanka it can — starting with the strategic harbor in Galle. So, China sure has an incentive, though even they may decide that Sri Lankan people are a lost cause.
The political situation in Sri Lanka is untenable. It has been neverending intrigue and infighting for 30-years. The people are fickle too. They vote in a party and within 6-months start to hate the party they just put in power. They really are like kids. I hate to say this but we haven’t acted like adults in the last few decades.
Hence, the need for colonization AGAIN!
Yes, 200-years of continuous colonization appears to have left a mark. We seem to require discipline instilled by a foreign power.
You can just see Sri Lanka under Chinese rule! They will stop all this nonsense. They will the economy back on track. Make it safe for tourist.
Yes, I know it is unlikely to happen, but it is something to dream about. A placid Sri Lanka with no infighting.