The Game

The first time I visited my relatives in China I was eleven. You can imagine the culture shock; I had grown up accustomed to the material comforts of America, and at the time I first visited, China was still quite poor. There was no TV in the house, and we’d have to go over to our next-door neighbors, where, with the luxury of air-conditioning, windows and a big color TV, I would feel that I was in heaven. I was a big basketball fan then, and basketball was quite popular in China too. In order to watch the games, I would go over to my neighbor’s house. Seated before the television, with the cool air breezing in my face, I would sneak a glance at the pretty daughter. We were both too shy to s

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