Kim Willcocks

Kim Willcocks is an English teacher from Brighton. He has been working at Nottingham University in Ningbo for the last six years but left his heart in his wife’s home town of Dalian

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Ashes for Ashes

A Chinese funeral – by Kim Willcocks


It was a shock to us all when Lao Lao, my Chinese grandmother-in-law, died. She was 88, which was, as we say in England, a good innings. But she had been so hale and hearty until the end that most of her family felt sure she would reach a hundred. My wife was very close to her as Lao Lao had basically brought her up while my wife’s busy parents worked.

Lao Lao’s life offers a glimpse at how much China has changed.