By Ruth Hayhoe

Complete Circle is the tale of a existence remodeled via 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 begun her occupation as a instructor in an Anglo-Chinese secondary tuition for women. aspiring to remain six months, Hayhoe spent 11 years there, educating, learning, aiding a few veteran China missionaries, and eventually falling in love with chinese language humans and chinese language tradition. The tales of diverse participants in Hong Kong, China and Japan are interwoven into this narrative account, as Hayhoe stocks what it was once 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 college 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. as a result, she persevered to go to China for examine and improvement paintings, and in 1997--the yr Hong Kong used to be re-unified with China--she was once invited to develop 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 started her educating profession thirty years previous. Her go back to Hong Kong introduced again a typhoon of stories, prompting her to put in writing this publication in get together of many incredible mentors, and of the wealthy rewards of risk-taking and openness to the opposite.

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I spent Easter vacation with her in April , and on June , she died of stomach cancer. I reported this to Mother, making the comment: “When I visited her on Saturday, she was very bright and looked wonderful—her face never got thin or emaciated at all. I’m very glad I went to see her on Saturday, as I had not seen her for a couple of weeks. This was a very special legacy. During my first year in Hong Kong I had lived in the old house on the compound of Cousin Marjorie’s school. Thus I felt closely connected with the school from the beginning and threw myself intensely into activities with and for the “young people,” graduates of the school who would come back every Saturday evening for a fellowship group, and who would join a summer camp that Cousin Marjorie organized every summer in a rural school in the New Territories.

Mao Zedong had died in September , and the subsequent fall of the Gang of Four, his radical supporters, and the emergence of Deng Xiaoping as China’s new leader created an entirely new climate. I realized that China’s door was beginning to reopen, and  F u l l C i r c l e Full Circle 12/5/03 10:05 AM Page 49 I hoped to participate in this by making a practical contribution, as well as to study its implications for China and for the global community that China would finally rejoin. As a teacher of English, it seemed clear that teaching would be a useful way to contribute, and that the greatest need initially would be at the tertiary level, so I applied for master’s degree studies at the University of London Institute of Education.

Only about three or four months after I arrived, Mr. Collier had a stroke, and had to spend a lengthy period in hospital recuperating, and getting back the use of his left side, which had become paralyzed. During the months in hospital, I often visited him in the evenings and listened to him talk about his many years as a missionary in China. Often the tears streamed down his face,as he described some of the experiences he had been through. I believe this sharing of memories of China first sparked a deep and growing fascination with China in my mind.

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