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December 14, 2017

<Kitchen Window> I asked my Mom why the windows of the kitchen were two holes. Here is the answer.. They used what they got. Glass and frames were not available by then.

December 13, 2017

The Kitchen 1.0 was built in early 1986. I wasn’t born yet. My Mom still had two short curly pony tails.

Obviously the Kitchen 1.0 wasn’t a good enough construction: the door couldn’t close up. The roof didn’t cover every corner. Sink was still outdoor. There was only t...

December 12, 2017

There was a part of the kitchen not covered by roof. So in the rainy days, my parents would put an umbrella there to stop the rain.

December 11, 2017

(by My Mom)

When my Mom was cooking dinner, sometimes she would put me next to her on a little seat above the coal storage. Other time she had other ways to handle me, I’ll introduce later.

The coal stove and Chinese stir fry could create a lot of smoke and exhaust. The...

December 9, 2017

Kitchen 1.0 was built a few months before I was born and replaced by Kitchen 2.0 in 1990s.

My Mom had her colleagues over to build this kitchen. I don’t have too much memories about it so I asked my Mom for help.

My Mom's drawing

It was a funny look kitchen: it had a door...

December 7, 2017

 Housework was heavier and dirtier at that time. Everyone was wearing  similar clothes doing housework: old jacket, sleeve wrap, apron, old sneakers. 

December 6, 2017

 Controlling the heat of a coal stove wasn't so easy. People do it by adjusting the air flow. 

Chimney+Fan=higher heat

Certain dishes required very high heat.

For restaurant cooking , they even needed to use a small electric fan. Most families would only use a grass...

December 6, 2017

This was the earliest stove we used. We also used coal cake stove, alcohol stove and electricity stove before gas appeared in our life. It was replaced when I was about 4 or 5 years old.

I can't recall all the details about it, so I called my Mom up and got a lot of inf...

December 4, 2017

 We didn't have a kitchen nor gas in the first a few years.  

Sink was outdoor. Cooking was out door. Coal stove was what my Mom used to cook. We had a half open space as kitchen and that occupied the lane. 

Around 3-4pm, every family in the Lilong neighbo...

December 1, 2017

Comforters were all filled with cotton at that time. They were kinda heavy especially some nights we needed more than one layer.

Three layers of cotton comforters can make it hard for breathing. Yet in order to keep the cold air outside, the two sides of the comforters...

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