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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 .

My wait to return to China continues, but with hope!!

As some of you may know (or may not know), I have spent 29 years as an English teacher overseas, with a majority of that time spent in China with the Amity Foundation. A brief visit home in Jan. 2020 … Continue reading

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Service to the People: The Luzhou Gospel Hospital

Whenever I do presentations on the Chinese church I belong to in Luzhou, people are astounded. The church’s two community service projects are one of a kind in China: The first is the Gospel Kindergarten (70 children taught by 7 … Continue reading

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Helping My Students in China: An English Language Contest Approaches

The Communist Party of China will commemorate its 100th anniversary in July, as the country largely succeeds in containing the coronavirus and experiences a robust economic recovery. It’s a little disappointing that I won’t be returning in time for this … Continue reading

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Updates of My China Return, and a Special Belated Happy Mother’s Day!

During this long wait to return to China, I’ve been in continuous contact with my students, friends, colleagues and others in Luzhou via WeChat, similar to our US Facebook. One of the highlights of my extended time here has been … Continue reading

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An encounter in China changes forever how I regard others

The following essay was published in The Christian Science Monitor’s (CSM) Home Forum section in November (I believe) of 2008. I’ve sent it to the Nanjing Amity office as a contribution to the Amity Foundation’s English Teacher program, celebrating its … Continue reading

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From China: Another Translation Request

“Ping!” There it was, another heads-up notice that my WeChat message box was in need of checking. Glancing down, I saw it was from Bruce, yet a twelfth time in the last 3 days. “We have another translation needs your … Continue reading

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My Favorite WeChat Messages: “Connie, can you help me?”

Being stuck in America for so long is hard, especially for me, a teacher who spent 27 years in China and now finds herself no longer in the classroom or in China due to Covid. (Yes, I’m still waiting for … Continue reading

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Easter Services: 1944 and 2021

It seems appropriate, as Easter is upon us, that I add this entry from my grandfather’s WW 2 diaries, written in the jungles of New Guinea during the height of the war. The date was April 9, 1944. There were … Continue reading

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China Updates

Luzhou Vocational and Technical College Begins a New Semester The semester has begun in China without me.   The new president of the English Association (our campus-wide English Club) has been in contact with me already about most recent club … Continue reading

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A Vaccination Journey

Every time the phone rings on my mom’s landline, my eyes have been immediately searching out the digital read-out of the caller: First United Methodist (church secretary wanting to relay something), BSW Law (my brother’s law practice, probably brother Paul … Continue reading

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