By Ruth Hayhoe

Complete Circle is the tale of a existence reworked by means of lengthy publicity to the folk and tradition of China and East Asia. In 1967, on the age of twenty-one, Ruth Hayhoe left Toronto and moved to Hong Kong, the place she all started her profession as a instructor in an Anglo-Chinese secondary institution for ladies. meaning to remain six months, Hayhoe spent 11 years there, educating, learning, aiding a couple of veteran China missionaries, and finally falling in love with chinese language humans and chinese language tradition. The tales of various contributors in Hong Kong, China and Japan are interwoven into this narrative account, as Hayhoe stocks what it used to be wish to pass though a chain of significant transitions--from the Cultural Revolution of 1967 to HongKong's go back to China in 1997. In 1980, Hayhoe went to educate in Shanghai's Fudan collage for 2 years, then accomplished a Ph.D. on the collage of London earlier than returning to Canada in 1984. 5 years later, following the Tiananmen tragedy of 1989, she used to be drawn again to China as Cultural Attache within the Canadian Embassy. in this case, she endured to go to China for study and improvement paintings, and in 1997--the yr Hong Kong was once re-unified with China--she was once invited to turn into Director of the Hong Kong Institute of schooling, a newly demonstrated tertiary institute. With this appointment, Hayhoe's existence got here complete circle, as she settled into the town the place she had began her instructing occupation thirty years past. Her go back to Hong Kong introduced again a hurricane of thoughts, prompting her to jot down this e-book in social gathering of many excellent mentors, and of the wealthy rewards of risk-taking and openness to the opposite.

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My growing fascination with China now took a new turn as I wrote term papers on educational developments in China, and prepared for future graduate studies in comparative education. I also arranged my very first trip to the Mainland in April . Studying up a Storm Lessons in Cantonese dominated my first few years in Hong Kong. I was fortunate that the old missionaries introduced me to a Chinese couple, Mr. and Mrs. Lam, both of whom gave Cantonese lessons to missionaries in their home. From  to , I studied with Mrs.

Lam, I wrote to my mother: “My lessons with Mr. ” My lessons with the Lams came to an end in  when they moved to the United States so that Mr. Lam could pursue further studies. By then I was a fluent speaker of Cantonese, comfortable also with reading Chinese, and able to teach Sunday School as well as give talks and sermons in various local churches. My work with the China mission brought me in touch with many different denominations and groups, but Cantonese was almost always the main language of communication.

In the autumn of , during my second term in the course, I left the China Bible Fund. My studies then became a lifeline, something I could embrace wholeheartedly and with a passion. The course involved spoken Mandarin; readings of contemporary Chinese texts from the Mainland; modern Chinese literature, including stories of Lu Xun; and writing a weekly composition in Chinese. I began to attend a Mandarin Baptist church regularly so I could hear spoken Mandarin, though naturally it was only the older members of the congregation who were fluent in Mandarin.

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