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How Are You? Justin    

By Panda
6408 Views | 7 Comments | 12/26/2013 2:33:51 PM

I had contacted Justin again. His email address has not been changed. This is his New Year greeting to me. I share you all the text and the picture after his allowing.

Hi Panda

What a nice Christmas surprise from you, my friend. I am so happy to hear from you. Thank you! And Happy New Year to you!

I am okay. I am back in the US, living in Colorado with my son. My health was becoming too bad in Beijing and I finally had to leave because the air is too dirty. I do miss China and all my friends there, though. I have been away from the US for so long and China became my "home" and now I am homesick for it. It is a strange feeling.

How are you? Are you still writing for CLM? I haven't looked at the site for quite awhile, but I am still in touch with John.

I've attached a picture of my son and I that was taken on July 4 this year shortly after I returned.

Best wishes,

老贾 (my Chinese name)

When I became a blogger on CLM, I knew Justin Mitchell who is a senior writer and editor. We became good friends soon. I translated my several old works which had been published on our Electric Power Newspaper and magazines, then sent Justin to polish them. I translated one word by one word or one sentence by sentence. How wonderful Justin’s job is! He absolutely restated my stories. Especially Possessing JiaoYang《教养的证据》 which is my favorite essay of Bi Shumin. Justin polished my rough translation, gave me surprise which showed Justin having unique, ultra-high writing practices. Show you this great paragraph again:

D) Farsighted. A person with JiaoYang also allows a person to think beyond the gains and losses of the present. It extends a person’s consciousness, making them grand and bright. Every individual has times when he or she was sinking into a dark gorge. When you trudged in the gorge, although you were a mass of bruises it was your good education that allowed you to realize that time is constantly flowing and there will be an exit from the gorge – far away a roaring, beautiful waterfall.

Bi Shumin’s original text is below:


Justin, my dear friend

We do miss you. Hope you will be better in 2014!


A couple of blogs posted recently are interrelated, so if you enjoy one you might wish to visit the other two here:

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#2013-12-26 14:46:41 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

@panda - what a nice post Panda. I know Justin extremely well, and we did some serious commiserating over the bad times and celebrating over the good, always over too many Jack Daniels back in the days before I got civilized by a good Chinese woman. I will only say that in his message above Justin seriously downplays his great love of China. I don't know any other expat who loved China as much as Justin. He really was "at home" in Beijing.

For anyone interested, if you go to the Magazine and look at the videos in the middle of the front page, you'll find a video we did when Justin returned to Beijing from a stint back in the U.S. fighting with cancer. It's a tribute to Justin, to his bravery in his fight with cancer and to his fierce determination to come back "home" to China.

I think this link will take people to the video:

#2013-12-26 16:06:07 by Barry1 @Barry1


Thanks for this update on Justin, Panda. Though I came to CLM well after he exited from here, I can see from everyone's comments he was a great guy to know and a fine writer. Most certainly, I wish him well.

Upon reading his comments above however, one point in particular resonated with me as follows.

"My health was becoming too bad in Beijing and I finally had to leave because the air is too dirty."

Why this struck me was that just today, I was chatting with a lovely Chinese lady who works as an engineer for a big European company in the northern regions. Despite earning around $175,000 yuan per year - well above the average wage in China - she said she wasn't happy.

"Why so?", I asked.

These were her exact words,

"i keep coughing, from the dirty air"

Yet she is only 39 years old.

The point I make is that if she - and presumably many others in the area around her - is feeling like this when ostensibly she's in the prime of her life, how will she be when she's 75 or 80?

Unlike Justin, who was able to evacuate to Colorado, a much cleaner environment, where will my Chinese lady friend - and probably tens of millions of good people around her in similar situations - go when their deteriorating health demands it, when their coughing and wheezing becomes severe?

Pollution in some parts of China is a serious and worsening problem. It was in the news here recently that it's chopping around five years off the average life span for those folk who live in the bad areas. Plus it makes the last remaining years for these hapless citizens more uncomfortable than otherwise it would be, with increased incidences of bronchial and respiratory problems, exacerbated as one ages.

As an individual, I feel utterly helpless to do anything about this. Possibly the only practical thing I can do is to form a loving relationship with a lady over there and get her out of the place as soon as practicable. I wish I could do more though! It just doesn't seem to be enough.

We're talking about human lives here, not animals, not statistics - some very precious and beautiful people are being affected, right here, right now.

This is a terrible shame as similar to Justin (and most other men on this website, I reckon), I really like China. I'd love living there for a while and may still do this, if given the opportunity. But I sincerely hope the government there stops building so many belching, coal fired power stations - and encouraging inefficient heavy industries, etc - and makes a MAJOR effort on introducing low pollution alternatives such as solar and nuclear, plus has a severe crackdown on all the major polluters.

This is the subject of an entire blog article in fact and all you bloggers out there, please write one on this important topic. The more public outcry and negative publicity we can get out there about this appalling situation, the better, even if it is on a (well above average) Chinese dating website and may be ever so slightly off topic!

#2013-12-27 07:56:46 by justpmitch @justpmitch

Dear Cao Hui,
Thank you for your lovely words. It made my "heart soar like a hawk" as an American Indian saying goes. It and also John's kind words inspired me to write another, long overdue blog dedicated to all my Chinese friends such as you. I hope it will be posted soon. Blessings, health and prosperity for the New Year, my friend.
- Justin

#2013-12-27 20:39:29 by panda2009 @panda2009


I almost can't open my window. I live in the 7th floor. It is bad smell sometimes when I open my window at home. The strange smell is disappeared as soon as I go downstairs into our trees' shadow. Fortunately I registered Wuhan University for my son. His class is in a two floors small building shade of the old woods. He has to learn French here at least half a year.

#2013-12-29 12:05:02 by Barry1 @Barry1

"I almost can't open my window. I live in the 7th floor. It is bad smell sometimes when I open my window at home."

Is it possible for you to transfer to another city where there is less pollution? Perhaps near the sea somewhere, such as around Xiamen, Quanzhou, Putian, Fuzhou, Wenzhou, Ningbo, Ningde, Hangzhou?

I know this is not easy though. People have their own lives to lead; their own apartment, job, friends, family, etc etc. Moving house and employment is a huge undertaking.

Though what price does one put on one's health?

Is the possibility of living five years longer worth the uprooting and displacement of an entire life?

Some would say yes. Some would say no.

My personal view though is health is the number one asset we possess, more important than money, job or friends. Because without it, what do we have?

In any case Panda, I'd give serious consideration to moving to a city with cleaner air. It may not seem so important now, but when you're 60, 70 or 80 years old, if you do this now, it may have proved be the wisest decision you ever made.

I view it as akin to giving up smoking. The sooner you do it, the better. I wish I could be of more concrete help.

#2013-12-31 12:44:40 by Apinkapple @Apinkapple


Happy New Year, Ms. Cao.

#2013-12-31 15:03:00 by panda2009 @panda2009

Happy New Year to you too.

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