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Grandma and her Brother: Divided Still

My grandma and and her long separated brother from Taiwan came to visit us recently. Grandma is now 90 years old and her brother is 84 years old. Back in their 20s, they had left home to pursue separate dreams. Grandma joined the Communist Party, while her brother joined the Kuomintang.

As we know these two parties have been in conflict for more than 50 years -- even now, the realtionship between China and Taiwan is still very tense. Grandma and her brother haven't seen or spoken much to each other over the past years. They finally got the chance to stay for a few days together on neutral ground -- our house. Their different beliefs still bring arguments between them. No matter how close they are, or how much they may love each other, neither will give an inch when it comes to politics.

This three picture story defines their attitudes, which seem to mirror, in a way, the gulf that divides China and Taiwan.