Local woman connects with her roots in China

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Santa Rosa Beach resident Allison Yii in front of the Great Wall of China.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 03:41 PM.

Allison Yii was born and raised in the melting-pot of the United States, but like many, she enjoys exploring her family's roots.

Yii recently returned from her third trip to China, where her father grew up.

She left from Atlanta on Jan. 26 for the journey with the first stop being in Hong Kong before going on to her father's hometown of Chengdu in the province of Sichuan on mainland China .

She stayed with her half brother and his family while there and over the next week, Yii's family again showed her how hospitable the Chinese can be.

"Chinese people are very different culturally, but extremely hospitable and take care of your every need," said Yii.

Although Yii speaks very little Chinese, her niece speaks very good English and was able to serve as translator. She also used a battery-powered translator, and they communicated through Apps.

"It was interesting," chuckled Yii. "Everyone would be chatting, then suddenly get up and I realize that we are going out. Since they didn't originally use the QWERTY keyboard, they have an app with which they simply write the Chinese character on the surface of the pad/device with their finger or stylist. It translates it into Ping Ying (the closest sound of the characters into English letters) and then they would select the closest digital character. Their GPS works in the same manner. It is a much slower process than typing on a keyboard as we do."

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