This week I’m in Chongqing visiting colleagues. A year and a half ago the campus was sprinkled for a short while with students wearing red hats like these:

This was before The Messy Middle existed and my friend Joann invited me to share what this Red Hat Society was up to.

This is not your mom’s Red Hat Club with older ladies laughing loudly in public. Instead, these Red Hats would be very much against that kind of behavior. Or at least they should be.

As with other things in China, the Red Hats are a perplexing weaving together of truth and rumor. Fact and fancy. Reality and perception. Enough fact to keep one grounded and enough rumor to keep one off-balance. Continue my first guest post here.

{P.S. There are no red hats this time, but there is cold, damp weather. Winter’s come early to Chongqing! Still I love being here. When I stepped off the plane I texted a friend, “I feel like I’m home.” My first home in China was about three hours north of Chongqing, so the smells, feel in the air, and spicy attitudes of the people, baby, I’m home!}

Amy

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  1. Amy F. October 10, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

    You KNOW I like this post, former Chongqing-er myself. Ahhh…hugs to all there!

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      Amy October 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Flam we miss you! We’ve been singing “I love cats” all day and thinking of you :)

      • mb October 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

        haha, Amy even sang “i love noodles, and im talking about the cat!” miss you flamjam!

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          Amy October 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm - Reply

          “Was that a ding I just heard? Was that my comment?” Yes, MB it was. I love it that you commented and I am in the same room. Want me to sing more songs? :)

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