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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.

Farewell to Our Little Lao-lao: “再见, 小老老. 我们会想你.”

It was a sad departure for my mom and me yesterday. Not so much for the mother-daughter farewell  as I head back to China, but more for the loss of our Chihuahua, Xiao Lao-lao,  Little Old. Despite my best efforts, … Continue reading

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A Taste of Home

It happens to all of us. While traveling either in country or abroad, there comes a point where we crave some specialty food item that comforts and soothes.  We all have our favorites, be it fresh Illinois sweet corn for … Continue reading

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The English Language Resource Center: Up and Running!!

It’s taken 15 years, but this past semester finally had the English Language Resource Center trickle into being.          I had plenty of help this time around instead of going it on my own, which I had … Continue reading

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Striving for Most Excellent Vocational College Status

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   Note:  I am currently enjoying some vacation time in America with my mom in Marshall, IL.  The semester has been crazy-busy, which has made me a bit lax on postings.  Let me update you a bit on some happenings from China, … Continue reading

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My Tomb Sweeping Holiday Plans

Today is a holiday, Qing Ming Jie, or Tombsweeping Festival. Many families for the next 3 days will be traveling to the countryside to visit grave sites of family members.  They’ll clean the area, place incense and offerings of fruit … Continue reading

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My Easter Celebrations

I’ve had two great Easter celebrations:  One in the classroom with my students, explaining to them the religious and secular traditions of this day, and then with the Chinese church community in Luzhou. Easter lessons had us learning the meaning … Continue reading

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Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

This posting is mostly for my Chinese students and friends. This morning, my mom and I spent 3 hours enjoying the Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Park Observatory. Short Introduction Lincoln Park Zoo, a 35-acre area located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, was … Continue reading

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