话说今天上午开会结束，西人同事苏珊（在苏珊教子一文提过）邀我出去同游伊斯坦堡。两人漫步在黑海边，享受着阳光，欣赏着异国美景。一队小学生在老师的带领下从我们身边走过，忽然一位小男孩离开队伍，跑道我们跟前，朝我鞠了两个躬，飞快地用英语说：“您好，中国（人）（他用的是China一词)！”不等回答，又跑回队伍离开。苏珊和我愣住了，接着对视：“So sweet? That is the first time I’ve seen.” “我也是，太开心了！”我回过神来。“我想知道为什么他这么做？”身为社会学专家的苏珊一路念叨着，和我一起晃悠到了大集市。
The first historical references to the Turks appear in Chinese records of about 2000 B.C. These records refer to tribes called the Hsiung-nu, an early form of the Western term Hun, who lived in an area bounded by the Altai Mountains, Lake Baikal, and the northern edge of the Gobi Desert and are believed to have been the ancestors of the Turks. Specific references in Chinese sources in the sixth century A.D. identify the tribal kingdom called Tu-Küe located on the Orkhon River south of Lake Baikal. The Khans (chiefs) of this tribe accepted the nominal suzerainty of the Tang dynasty. The earliest known example of writing in a Turkic language was found in that area and can be dated from about A.D. 730.