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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 .

A Follow-up of China Eastern Flight 5735: “A Mother, A Fiance, A Friend.” (Including sad news from the Luzhou church choir)

This article arrived in my inbox today. I thought it makes for a fitting addition to the previous post. And Yet Other Sad news, from the Luzhou Church Choir Aside from references to the crash, my WeChat messages added another … Continue reading

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About China’s Recent Plane Crash: It wasn’t Longzhou or Luzhou, Folks

At 7:30 a.m. this morning, I sleepily wandered into the kitchen where my mom was listening to NPR, eating her breakfast. She’s a very early riser but not so much me and always turns on the radio for the latest … Continue reading

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The Campus Pool at Luzhou Vocational and Technical College: Finally Open . . . . . Without Me

It’s been a tough 24 months away from “my” China, for numerous reasons: No in-person contact with beloved students, colleagues and friends; missing my campus apartment with all the homey comforts (and really neat clothes that always dazzled my students!); … Continue reading

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On this Ash Wednesday: Reflect and Pray

I No Longer Pray for Peace On the edge of war, one foot already in, I no longer pray for peace:I pray for miracles. I pray that stone hearts will turnto tenderheartedness,and evil intentions will turnto mercifulness,and all the soldiers … Continue reading

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Watching the Winter Olympics Reveals Our Silent Assassin

My mom and I were engrossed, extremely engrossed, watching the Winter Olympics during the past few weeks. We’ve been glued to the TV in our small sitting room, afternoons and evenings, to catch all the latest excitement of the world’s … Continue reading

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The Recent Snowstorm Adds Excited Posts for my Students in China

There is nothing like watching the Winter Olympics on TV when it’s likewise really wintry outside your own windows. Yesterday’s recent storm through America’s Midwest and swooping onward across the country didn’t disappoint in adding that extra “Wow!” factor to … Continue reading

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Sharing the Happiness: A Chinese New Year Visit to my Local Chinese Restaurant

If you’ve been following my Year of the Tiger posts, you’ll remember that Gao Pei (Frank) sent me an incredible box filled with favorite Chinese snack items as a New Year’s gift. It was great fun to see such a … Continue reading

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我和母亲祝愿我的中国学生和朋友们:虎年快乐!My mom and I wish my Chinese Students: “Happy Year of the Tiger!”

My mom sighed. “I suppose you’ll want to do a video,” she intoned while watching me haul out my camera tripod from the closet. I nodded absently, engrossed in the task at hand as I bustled about our very small … Continue reading

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February 1st: Welcoming in the Year of the Tiger

            Last Wednesday, a large, heavy box addressed to me landed on our doorstep here at 710 Mulberry Street.           “What in the world did you order that’s 22 pounds?” my … Continue reading

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我57岁了!I’m 57!

January 12 had me celebrating my 57th birthday. I awoke in the morning to find the above display, set by my mom. The birthday bear plays “Happy Birthday to You”. It’s our tradition to bring out this musical stuffed animal … Continue reading

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