Born: 15th December 1972

Anhui, China

Date of interview: 15th September 2006

Map showing where Ling came from

So, what about friends?

I had one, I still keep contact with her. She is my first friend when I came back ... came to, not came back, when I first came to the city. We were in the same class. She was ... she is, how to say, she has the same experience, but not as, you know. She is a very very nice girl. In the Chinese Culture revolution, kind of, her parents, her mum went to the ... because Chairman Mao asked the graduates, sent the graduates to the countryside to educate the farmer or the peasants, they don't have the chance to read and write. So Chairman Mao sent these graduate and student from the city to the to the rural area to teach the farmer to learn read and write. In a way it is good. That is way, although China was very poor, had a very low GDP at that time, but the illiterate rate, compared to African countries, the illiterate rate is still, is still OK.