Friday, August 13, 2010

Who Is Xiao Didi?

You may remember Xiao Didi from some of our previous posts (like this one from earlier this summer and this other one from last year). Well, who exactly is Xiao Didi? Actually, we don't know for sure. We thought we knew, until very recently.

For years now, we have thought that Xiao Didi was part of the Pang Shifu family. He spends a lot of time in and around the restaurant, this was obvious to us.

Then, however, we found out that Xiao Didi has all of his possessions in another house in the same alleyway. It is the place (seen in the accompanying photograph) where I have been going to get my haircut this summer. The man and the woman who cut hair in the front room of this house look very much like Xiao Didi, but so do the people who operate Pang Shifu.

Here are the possible relations...

(1) Xiao Didi is the son of the Pang Shifu family and is also related to the hair cutting family.

(2) Xiao Didi is the son of the hair cutting family and is also related to the Pang Shifu family.

(3) Xiao Didi is the son of the Pang Shifu family and is not related to the hair cutting family.

(4) Xiao Didi is the son of the hair cutting family and is not related to the Pang Shifu family.

My current guess is that option two is the most likely. I just think it is funny how you can go two years thinking one thing about someone and then for it to all change.

Here's why I think option two is the most likely...

The room where Xiao Didi's things are is behind the front room where the hair cutting family has their business. The front room, in other words, is for work and the back room is where the three of them sleep, eat, and watch TV.

Now, we have seen the Pang Shifu family go in and out of the hair cutting house, both with and without Xiao Didi. This hints that the two families are related. Also, the two families take turns watching Xiao Didi in their shops.

From what they have told us, the two families moved to Saoziying at about the same time, so this suggests they might have come together.

Xiao Didi calls the woman from the hair cutting place "Mom." So this gives an edge to the hair cutting family.

Finally, the one-child policy makes it more likely that Xiao Didi is the son of the hair cutting family rather than the second child of the Pang Shifu family.

Based on these facts and observations, I have formed my hypothesis. I'll let you know if I find out anything else...

~Z

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