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    A welcome letter to the Baghdad Chinese Restaurant

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | February 6, 2008

    A friend of mine who works in the Baghdad bureau ofThe Los Angeles Times sent me a welcome letter that his translator wrote to the owner of the new Chinese restaurant in Baghdad (which was informed, in part, by reading this blog).

    Dear Sir,

    I was yesterday following up some stories on the web about your restaurant, and let me relay to you how I was inspired and touched by having you and your fellow colleagues here in my country among all this chaos.

    As soon I read the stories about you and your restaurant yesterday night, a big smile drawn on my face and I couldn’t feel but hope which I thought I lost it since 5 years ago. All of you leaving your families behind, and coming here is nothing but spirit lifting and deserves the greatest respect and admiration. In fact I couldn’t sleep yesterday, no matter how I tried, thinking about and admire all of you.

    Also allow me to welcome you to my country, don’t mind what you see around you, we are a very friendly and warm hearted people. Allow me to welcome you as a guest, on behalf of my fellow Iraqis, in Iraq. You will notice soon, if not already, that you will be overwhelmed with famous hospitality that Iraqis are known for.

    I am here at your restaurant for another different reason, I came to taste the delicious Chinese food I hear about all the time. I am certain I’ll be a regular customer of yours!

    I wish you a prosperous business and to enjoy yours stay here, and I want you to remember whenever I will feel down or face hardships… that I will remember the example that all of you had set.

    Yours Truly,

    Of course, they don’t read English. So he needed it translated.

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