(An old woman wishes U.S. citizen Eunice Brock
, right, "Happy Birthday" at a party in Liumiao Village of Yanggu County in East China's Shangdong Province on Friday, August 11, 2006.Brock was born to missionary parents on August 11, 1917 in China.She
went back to the U.S. in 1930.She
returned to live in the small village in Shandong in 1999.Photo: Xinhua)
U.S. citizen Eunice Brock
, who has been living in Liumiao Village
in East China's Shandong Province for almost seven years, celebrated her
89th birthday together with villagers in a simple ceremony on Friday.
Over the years, Brock
has overcome the language barrier and gotten accustomed to local life.She
biggest wish was to spend the rest of her
life in China, the Xinhua News Agency
reported.Brock was born on August 11, 1917 in Beidaihe, a noted summer resort in North China's Hebei Province.
parents were Christian missionaries.They later moved to a small village of Liaocheng in Shandong Province.
"Coming back to China, my birthplace, had long been my dream," Brock
told Chinese media last year.
In 1930, when she
was 13, she
went back to the U.S. with her
family.She became a nurse after graduating from college.
In 1992, Brock
husband, both retired, had a two month holiday traveling around China.Her
husband died on his
81st birthday on August 24, 1998.
"The dream - of going back to China to work - that I had laid aside now possessed me again," China Daily quoted Brock
as saying last year.
(U.S. citizen Eunice Brock
, center, celebrates her
89th birthday at a party in Liumiao Village
of Yanggu County in East China's Shangdong Province on Friday, August 11, 2006.Brock was born to missionary parents on August 11, 1917 in China.She
went back to the U.S. in 1930.She
returned to live in the small village in Shandong in 1999.Photo: Xinhua)She wrote to the China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) declaring she would like to live and work in the poor village like that of her childhood.She
told the CYDF she
wanted to build a school.
In September 1999, she
arrived in Beijing and met a CYDF official surnamed Chen (she forgets his
full name), with whom she
had been corresponding.Chen returned from Liaocheng Prefecture and told Brock the head of Liumiao Village would be willing to accept her.
They met the village head surnamed Liu, who on her
arrival showed Brock
around the village.
said a new school was not needed and asked if I would be willing to spend the money on computers for the primary school.Because of my age and because I was a foreigner, I knew that going to a very poor village was highly unlikely.The dialect in the village was the same as what I used as a child so I decided to live in Liumiao
told China Daily last year.She
settled down in a house with a big courtyard.The villagers tried to give her
a comfortable living condition.Her
home today is well-equipped with all necessities including a computer and Internet access. She
donated US,30,000 to the primary school to buy computers and set up a special classroom for computer education.She
also bought books for the school library, musical instruments and sports equipment.She
also bought books, papers and magazines to encourage the villagers to read about the world outside.
Life is busy but quite relaxed in the village.Brock
tore out most of the bricks and planted a multifarious flowerbed.She
has made a series of gold-fish ponds with waterfalls.She
gives seeds of flowers villagers who have shown a keen interest in gardening.Many come to visit her
garden when it comes into full bloom.
Living out the autumn of her
life back in the place of her
birth is both fun and endearing, Brock
told China Daily last year.