On October 1, China celebrates National Day of the People’s Republic of China. For the locals, the holiday lasts for three days. The Circus has the entire week off from school. Tonight, we ate dinner with friends at Kerry Parkside, a new shopping plaza. As we stepped outside, we heard fireworks coming from Century Park. Traffic came to a standstill, with most of the cars, including taxis, pulling over. People hopped out to watch the night show and celebrate their nation’s day. As a student of Chinese history, I feel ambivalent regarding this date in history, for many reasons that I cannot publish. However, I find it wonderful that the people are in a celebratory mood and take patriotic pride in their national holiday.