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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 .

My Chinese Church Choir Offers a Glimpse of Faithfulness

“Ping, Ping, Ping!” It’s Saturday morning and my WeChat messages from the choir’s soprano group are becoming unusually active. Luzhou is 14 hours ahead of Illinois, meaning messages were coming in for China’s Saturday evening. That is a strange time … Continue reading

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My Birthday Celebrations

I celebrated my 56th birthday on Tuesday, January 12.  Here were my day’s events Birthday Greetings from China I awoke to find over 30 birthday text messages of good wishes, all from China:  my students, my colleagues, my church choir … Continue reading

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Covid Desperation: An Inability to Help

I was up at 7 a.m. last Sunday morning. Usually, I’m tucked away in bed, in my PJs, since my hometown church went to virtual worship services. My mom and I can easily sip coffee on the bed while watching … Continue reading

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From China: Reaction to the Wieck Family Vimeo Christmas Greeting

In the previous post, you were able to enjoy my family’s vimeo of Christmas greetings to my Chinese students, colleagues and friends. Yesterday evening,  I spent over an hour individually sending to all my groups, students (past and present), special … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to “My” China!

My family took time to record a message for my Chinese colleagues, students and friends which was sent out this evening. I’ve already received numerous texts: “Thank you, Connie, your mother and brother! Merry Christmas!” Same to all of you: … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Service Preparations Underway: China and USA

During my time in the States, I am constantly updated through friends, students and colleagues about the virus situation in China. For the most part, things returned to normal beginning in the summer after strict protocols went into place on … Continue reading

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Last Year’s Christmas Memories

In the previous post, I gave you a look at my USA Christmas, one which I haven’t had in the States in 28 years. How about China? Christmas Activity Night The English Association, one of our college clubs of about … Continue reading

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Christmas is upon us!

I can’t believe how fast this month has flown by. How can Christmas be just a few days away? And how can it be that I’ve been “stuck” here for almost a year now? Yes, still waiting for my visa … Continue reading

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Another Column Entry from my Mom

Note:  My mom’s weekly column for our local newspaper talks about Christmas cookies.  I’ll add my next entry about my cookie-making in China, with pictures. Walking about Town, by Priscilla Wieck December blew in last week, bringing our coldest temps … Continue reading

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My Thankfulness for Connie’s English Corner

It’s Thanksgivingday weekend and time for me to share what I am thankful for. Being “stuck” in America for so long hasn’t been something that I was expecting. Recently, I’ve tried not to dwell upon my holiday lessons, which I … Continue reading

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