I traveled through China with my mother, a Chinese woman born in Utah.  Neither of us had visited before and were excited to see the homeland.  We saw a country with a deeply rooted history and a stark realism.  China is crowded with people and packed with air pollution- the country is thick and gritty.  I sensed a real honesty and practicality in the Chinese people. Like its people, China's beauty isn't ornate or glittery. It's rooted in realism and encompasses all elements of life, both good and bad.

"When you look through the window at the moon shadows, you get homesick."
-Aron Xieyi