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About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 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 second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.

Parties and Choir and Baking, Oh, My!

From Thanksgiving to the current date, it’s been non-stop so not a lot of time to get in stories and pictures but let me remedy that today! I hope this post give you an idea about what holidays (Thanksgiving and … Continue reading

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The English Association Moves into High Gear with Halloween Activity Night

In a previous post, I mentioned the number of student clubs and associations we have at this college.  Booths were lining the walkways to entice new members to sign up, paying a fee of 20 yuan (roughly $4.50) per person. … Continue reading

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Mother Nature vs China

The egrets are upset. From my balcony, I watch the two white birds circle, soar and glide their way over their destroyed home. They float gracefully to the far end of a tiny clump of heavy vegetation which has been … Continue reading

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Last Minute Chengdu Walmart Shopping Brings Surprise

Couldn’t resist this parting Chengdu entry as I am about ready to head off to Luzhou. After an early morning swim at 6:30 a.m., I hightailed it back to my area for a Walmart stop-in. Butter was needed, the last … Continue reading

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Holiday Ended: Heading Back to Luzhou

It’s time. Hard to believe my Golden Week is about over. Tomorrow, I head back to Luzhou to start up my teaching once again on Monday.  While it’s been nice to get away, the dreaded part of this 1-week off … Continue reading

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Golden Week in Full Swing

After only meeting with my freshmen students for 2 weeks, suddenly it’s holiday time. We are on holiday at the moment for a full week commemorating the founding of the PRC on Oct. 1, 1949.  This is what is known … Continue reading

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I’ve been through several earthquakes during my lifetime, each one causing my nerves to rattle a little more as the severity increased. The first experienced was in my hometown (Marshall, IL) when I was 9.  The house shook and I … Continue reading

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