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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 .

Updates from Connie: Where will be my next teaching placement?

For those who follow The Current, the UMC Illinois Great Rivers Conference monthly newspaper, you now know the full story. If you missed it, here it is below. (I’m on page 12.) I also covered this topic in the March … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Day Entry

For Mother’s Day, my hometown church is having a Mothers-Daughters-Friends banquet with fun activities afterwards. I purchased 4 tickets for me, my mom, friend Beverly (same age as my mom – 89) and our church secretary, Pat. Both Bev and … Continue reading

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Rescue Dogs from China: Awaiting a new home

My three rescue dogs in China have finally arrived in America. Chihuahua Little Sister, terrier Little Bean and sweet campus stray, Lucy, are adjusting well in my smalltown community after over 3 years being away from me. These three had … Continue reading

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Connie’s Updates of Returning to China as an Amity Foundation Teacher

The message from my Chinese college’s foreign affairs director was heartbreaking.   “Connie,” it read.  “We are so sorry.  Amity has ended the teaching program. We will not invite you back.”  For 24 years, the United Methodist General Board of Global … Continue reading

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My Meeting with Jimmy Carter

This article, “Tongue-tied before my hero,” by Marshall, Illinois native Connie Wieck, was published in the October 11, 2012 issue of The Christian Science Monitor’s Home Forum section. As Jimmy Carter is now in hospice, I share it with you … Continue reading

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A Rare Sighting at Lincoln Trail State Park

My mother, along with Bridget the dog, and I often go walking at our nearby Lincoln Trail State Park. Our exercise routine has been made even more enjoyable with all the winter wildlife that has been recently found calling the … Continue reading

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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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