October 2007 and Spring, 2015
The first time was in 2007, in Dalian, one of my favorite cities.
One of my students - government officials from China – was showing me her hometown, and we were late night driving from Dalian to our next stop that would take me to the airport in the morning.
She was not driving. Her driver did that, so we had plenty of time to talk. And there were two other of my students in the van, and we moved from topic to topic about China and the US and national monuments and American history and 9-11 and terrorism in China and the US. And I said that the 9-11 terrorists missed the most important target – the Statue of Liberty.