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About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 30 years as an English language teacher. 28 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my 13th year in Luzhou Vocational and Technical College. The college is located in Luzhou city (loo-joe), Sichuan Province, a metropolis of 5 million people located next to the Yangtze River .

The Year of the Rabbit is Here!

Yes, the Year of the Rabbit is nearly upon us! Today, January 21 (Saturday), is Spring Festival Eve (Chinese New Year Eve), celebrated by Chinese all around the world, with January 22nd beginning the Year of the Rabbit. At present, … Continue reading

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Catching Up: My WeChat Holiday Postings to Students, Colleagues and Friends in China

For the past 3 years, while in the States, I’ve made sure to keep in constant contact with my Chinese friends, former students, teaching colleagues, school leaders and my Chinese church community at the Luzhou Protestant Church. We communicate daily … Continue reading

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The Luzhou Protestant Church: Renovation Project in Full Swing, Almost Completed

(This post was created the first week of December. More information yet to come. I’ve been blocked from my Word Press account until today! Whew. Nice to be back with you all.) New roof, plastering and repainting of walls, installing … Continue reading

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Promised from Last Entry: My Conversation with “Nancy”

I left you all with the cliffhanger of the interesting conversation I had with Nancy, one of my first students in China. She is currently staff manager of the Four Seasons Hotel in Guangzhou, seen here below. (Nancy sent me … Continue reading

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China’s October Holidays Over: Luzhou Lockdown lifted and Former Student Nancy’s Story

My last report talked of Covid lockdowns in my area of China, including that freshmen (who were to begin the school year that first week in September) were asked to remain at home. There was hope that the National Day … Continue reading

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More Updates of Covid Lockdowns: Chengdu (Capital City of Sichuan, 21 million) and My City, Luzhou (6 million)

My last report gave an inside look into Chengdu from my former student, “Jason,” who escaped to the countryside just in time. He currently resides in his farming community with his parents in the areas new apartment complexes. Countryside Living … Continue reading

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From Chengdu (Capital of Sichuan): NY Times Article; A Former Student’s Opinions

A Former Student Shares Frustrations In the previous entry, I shared a bit about Jason’s recent messages to me. His wise decision to leave the city before the lockdown took place has him enjoying relative freedom in the area about … Continue reading

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The school year in Sichuan first delayed due to a massive heatwave; Now delayed due to Covid

 All across China, students were gearing up  to return to classes yesterday, on September 1st, but due to the horrendous heatwave and continuous power cuts to take care of huge cities, this has been changed to September 6. This CNN … Continue reading

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Follow-up of Previous Post: Foreigners Receiving Visas from Private Preschools in China

My previous post spoke of my frustration concerning unqualified individuals getting into China to teach at private preschools. In my WeChat group with these young people from Canada, Britain and the US, they continue to share vital information. Despite my … Continue reading

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To my Chinese students, friends and colleagues: Swimming lessons, anyone?

Naturally, I had to do a swimming video for my students, friends and colleagues in my hometown’s outside pool. This is the place anyone could find me all summer, 6 – 8 a.m. for adult lap swim, even on Saturday … Continue reading

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