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My name is Alan Chu. This is a photo of me and my father with several relatives that I met for the first time in China. We are all sitting on the gravesite of my great-grandfather set on a hillside in the rural outskirts of Guangzhou after paying our traditional respects. The trip was memorable for many reasons, but this picture was a special memory of the visit. Although I only could speak a few words of Chinese and my newly acquainted relatives could only speak a few words of English, we somehow managed to communicate as though we had known each other for a life-time.