Photo Essay

People I see almost daily in rural China

The Buffalo Man

The people we interact with each day are always meaningful, but everything is very different when you are in another culture. There are language difficulties, cultural differences and lifestyle differences, but somehow these people that we see almost daily have been able to retain great importance in our life. Through our basic interactions, it is almost as though we fit into their culture and are part of their community, their family.

The friendliness of the countryside people is unparalleled. We try to buy our vegetables, fruit and sunflower seeds from the same people and over time that has grown into a friendship of trust. When we see each other, we are often invited into their homes to "rest" which always includes their best food or we leave with far more food then we paid for. They have some of the most genuine smiles that mostly lay dormant in their hard, tough and poor life in rural China. It is so rare to see emotion, but we have been blessed to see the joy of their heart and maybe we are adding something to their life.

I do not know what our life would be like without these interactions and I am sure we will miss the sincere friendship of people not based on much more than kindness. We are very blessed by them and so we try to get pictures that we can share with them and to remember that friendship can cross language, cultural and economic boundaries.

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3 responses

  • Rikh

    Rikh said (24 Jan 2010):

    I'm very much agreed with the line ""The friendliness of the countryside people is unparalleled ".

    My personal experience support this essay.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (15 Jul 2010):

    A lovely essay and wonderful photos giving us a glimpse into a life so different from ours...I have looked through a lot of your shots and have really enjoyed them...

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