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Suellen Zima
             Suellen Zima

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Welcome to My Travels...

In middle age, my strong desire to travel and live outside the United States catapulted me outside the cozy confines of a traditional life as wife and mother. In 1983, at the age of 40, I went to live in Israel as an immigrant. That was the beginning of new adventures I could never have imagined. A fascinating visit to China in 1988 set me on a nomadic path, teaching in several parts of Asia, but returning often to a constantly changing China. What began as a love of travel evolved into a way of life.

The metamorphosis of China has been stunning indeed, but very few westerners have any concept of what led up to the modern, thriving China of the new millennium. Through the depth of details recorded in the journals that were my constant traveling companions, Memoirs of a Middle-aged Hummingbird chronicles Chinaís rise to power and prominence through the lives and experiences of my students turned friends during 15 visits between 1988 and 2005.

Many journeys exist in my book simultaneously as they did in my life. Besides my long and varied geographical journey, there are personal, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and historical journeys. There are themes of identity, roots, home, and an array of colorful characters I met along the way. Although my home is now in southern California, I keep contact with my friends scattered around the globe. Although Iím no longer a full time wanderer of the world, wanderlust remains a part of my life.

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