Though its still not entirely clear – she often still switches from left to right – Zoe seems to be left handed. The Western consensus on this is predictably laissez fair. Children should do what comes naturally. Forcing otherwise gives an unnecessary disadvantage. I was convinced of this as soon as I tried to write, eat and draw with my left hand.
In China, however, it seems left handedness is not allowed. Evoking cultural difference I have tried to urge Zoe’s teachers to be more relaxed. So far I have gotten assurances that in everything but writing characters Zoe would be allowed to do as she pleased. To write characters with your left hand, however, is – the Principal informed me – bu fanbian (not convenient). The point is debatable but the truth is I don’t really feel competent to judge — I find it next to impossible to write characters and I’m right handed.