I understand, I'm a pretty tough editor myself, it's just harder to take than it is to give sometimes, I'm sorry. Anyway she would be in Mao's China, my mum studied Russian History and has given me a pretty good understanding of communist ideals in everyday life, and I like the your flooding and relocation ideas, I think I might go with flooding. I was a little worried when it came to the names, most of my help came from my friend Senna, she speaks Mandarin, but she's Korean so I'm not surprised there. I know it's not that clear, but Jin is her given name and Chensi is the family name. I think that they would be would be speaking Mandarin.
Originally Posted by blade
Even though I'm atheist, I've always harbored a deep love for Buddha :) so I have to say that I love number one the most. I also like the second one, but the last three are cliched and have a "been there, done that" feel. Best of luck to you!
I work with a Chinese colleague and asked her about the names of the main two characters. She said Chensi is absolutely not a surname in China-- there are extremely few 2-syllable surnames. "Jin" means "quiet," usually (not sure if that's the personality of your character). Also, Laoshi is not a given name-- it's the everyday word for 'teacher.' 'Lao' is an honorific given to the elderly, in front of their surname, so it would mean "Old Mr. Shi."