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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 .

Welcome to Trick-or-Treating in My Hometown

The final installment of my Halloween video clips for next year’s lessons will be the following:

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For my Students in China: Choosing the Right Costume

Planning my China Halloween lessons for a year from now took some thought. I have numerous costumes from my childhood, many of which my mom sewed herself, but few still fit. Her best creation, the Zorro costume with silky satiny … Continue reading

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For my Students in China: Halloween Lesson Planning from Home

Once again, Halloween Activity Night did not take place this year at my school in China. My absence made it a bit difficult to organize the event. I’m the one to fully get our English Association members signed up for … Continue reading

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My College Celebrates its 120th Year Anniversary

During this wait to return to China, I’ve done fairly well not to wallow in a depressive state at still not being at my school. I was doing fairly well, that is, until recently, when my students and colleagues began … Continue reading

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A Former 小朋友 (Little Friend, i.e. Child): A Tale of “Never Give Up”

My teaching placement in the far south of China (2009-2011) had me teaching in a very small town called Longzhou at Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. A majority of my students were of one of the ethnic minority groups in … Continue reading

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A Rare Occasion

“How many rainbows have you seen in your lifetime?”“Do you remember your first rainbow? Can you tell us the story?” Yesterday, I placed these questions, along with two pictures, in a new WeChat group I now belong to. A former … Continue reading

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Hopeful News of China’s Relaxing Entry of Foreigners into the Country

As always, my days are spent trolling the Internet for signs that China will start moving away from their Zero-Covid policies and enter into a resignation that opening up to us “regular” foreigners (returning overseas teachers and students, even tourists) … Continue reading

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An Earthquake Security Check

“Hey, Bruce!” I typed into my WeChat message to my Chinese colleague, “Bruce” Liu, yesterday. “Sorry to bother you again but have you checked on my apartment yet? I just want to make sure the recent earthquake didn’t do any … Continue reading

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“We’ve created a monster!” My Mom’s Latest Newspaper Column

Walk With Me—October 2021 by Priscilla Wieck I had planned to resume this column in September but somehow September slipped away. I am writing this at the end of that month and you will be reading it in October so … Continue reading

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Our China Rescue, Bridget, Is At it Again!

Awhile back, China rescue Bridget entered People Magazine’s World’s Cutest Dog Contest. Some of you helped select her photo to send in as my mom and I couldn’t decide. It was a long shot as over 10,000 entries were received … Continue reading

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