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Nor Azlia Atan: Kunming is a harmonious city

By : InKunming|Updated: 2011-09-30

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

  And be one traveler, long I stood

  And looked down one as far as I could

  To where it bent in the undergrowth;

  Then took the other, as just as fair,

  And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Robert Frost --The Road Not Taken

When facing the roads of the future, Nor Azlia Atan, a Malaysian teacher, chose the uncertainties in Kunming. Though she does not speak Chinese and her English is not very fluent, she came to Kunming unshakably. Fortunately, she meets some helpful Chinese students. Arriving in Kunming for just a month, she said "I fall in love with Kunming now."

InKunming: Do your families agree with your coming to China?

Azlia: At first no. But I told them I wanted to go. This was an opportunity and I wanted to experience things that I couldn't experience in Malaysia.

InKunming: How do you think of Kunming?

Azlia: In my opinion, Kunming is a secure, peaceful and harmonious city. There are a lot of beautiful things here. In the evening, I always stroll around the city. Here are some lakes, and the scenery here is beautiful. When I showed pictures in Kunming to my friends in Malaysia, they were very jealous and said that I was lucky to come here.

InKunming: How do you think of your students?

Azlia: The students who are studying Malay language are quite diligent and hard-working. Most of them are keen to learn. I feel satisfied when students understand the lessons well. That’s why I enjoy my life as a teacher. I love to teach and feel pleasantly surprised when my students know what I teach. I want them to be better than me.

My students are nice to me. I don’t speak Chinese, but my life in Kunming is quite good. No matter when I go, my students accompany me. They are like my families.

InKunming: Are you used to the food here?

Azlia: Yes. Though I am Muslims, it’s not difficult to find hala food in Kunming, because a great many Muslims live here. There are foods that taste similar to Malaysian food. The food here is fresh, salty, sour and kind of sweet. People in Kunming eat more vegetables and fruits compared to Malaysian. Now, I’m getting more accordance with the food here and chopsticks.

InKunming: Kunming is striving for the title of regional international city, what do you think Kunming should do to improve itself?

Azlia: In my opinion, most people in Kunming should learn some English to become residents of an international city. I think this language must be learnt so as to well develop global relations. When the barriers stifling communication disappear, international exchanges will be facilitated rapidly. (Reporter:Lynn, editor:Minnie Mao)