Nation: Old Acquaintance at First Sight

The stagecoach at the Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology fascinated her because she and her husband enjoy the western movies newly available in China. The general store transplanted from the hills of West Virginia prompted her to ask if it had been a coop. But it was the reconstructed kitchen of an Italian immigrant of the 1920s that elicited her greatest admiration. Although it was supposed to show the poverty and hardship suffered by America's immigrants, Cho Lin, the warm and plump wife of Teng Hsiao-p'ing, saw it quite differently. "They certainly...

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