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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 .

“Did the Pilgrims really look like that?!”

The below article was written by my mom for her weekly newspaper column, “Walk with Me.”  Thought you’d enjoy it here. Walk with Me, by Priscilla Wieck I had planned to get back to writing this column in September and … Continue reading

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“Be Grateful or Be Stressful: It’s a choice”

My Ponderings on the Above The past 10 months I’ve been “stuck” here in the States have been a challenge. The early months had me waiting anxiously for the ban in China to lift. I was optimistic of a quick … Continue reading

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The search is on! Finding a pumpkin to carve in China

  From the Christian Science Monitor, Home Forum, October 31, 2002 Today, No Other Vegetable will Do  by Cornelia Wieck “She wants a what?” barks the fruit seller standing next to the vegetable lady. I am in one of the many street … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation: My First Halloween in China

Thought this seemed appropriate and a bit light-hearted humor for your upcoming Halloween This essay first appeared in the Christian Science Monitor’s Home Forum section on October 27, 1997. Lost in Translation: American Halloween  by Connie Wieck As Halloween approaches, … Continue reading

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A China return delayed

My last update of a return to China concerned bans being lifted. In that post, I excitedly announced the opening up of the country on September 28 to those of us who hold, or have held, resident permit visas during … Continue reading

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Autumn Outings

“There just isn’t anything in here I want to eat, ” my mom lamented on Friday around noontime as she peered with disappointment into the fridge.   “Too bad we can’t go out for our usual broccoli-cheese soup and salad … Continue reading

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Catch me and my mom on Marshall First UMC’s Facebook Page

As our Marshall First UMC continues with in-sanctuary worship (masks, social distancing, temperature checks and sanitation), my mom and I continue to take over special music for the first Sunday of every month. October 4 had us singing 3 duets … Continue reading

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Life amid the rats and insects: My grandfather’s WW 2 New Guinea

My grandfather, Army Chaplain Captain Marvin E. Maris, had numerous tales of creepy-crawly critters, large and small, which he encountered in the World War 2 jungles of  New Guinea. His journal Volumes 3 and 4, which I’ve been earnestly pouring … Continue reading

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China is now allowing all foreign national entries!! But problems for me

On the 23rd,, my go-to site for current China information, flashed before me. “From 0 a.m., September 28, 2020, foreigners with valid residence permits for work, personal matters, and reunion, are allowed enter the country without needing to re-apply … Continue reading

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A generous offer from my home church: Office Space!

As previously reported, my mom has moved. Looking at these two pictures, you’ll see it was quite the downsize. Yes, the new house is very nice but one of the biggest draw-backs for 2 people is space. My mom expected … Continue reading

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