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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 Mom’s Weekly Newspaper Column: “Walk with Me”: Ornaments old and new

My mom continues with her weekly column in The Marshall Advocate, our local newspaper. She’s been in the Christmas spirit as we’ve been decorating with all our favorites. Numerous Christmas items from 5 separate bins have been emptied and placed … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Day Greetings from China from Students, Colleagues and My Church Choir

Last weekend, my WeChat messages from Chinese friends and colleagues exploded into my account. “Happy Thanksgiving, Connie!” “Wishing you happiness!” “Are you eating the turkey?” The answer to the last text was definitely “yes.” This was apparent in my later … Continue reading

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In China, A Thanksgiving Day Weekend Travel Gone Ary

          As I continue to wait to return to my Asian home, I’m reminded of a holiday experience that took place years ago. I hope your Thanksgiving Day travels went a lot smoother than this one.  While in China, on our American … Continue reading

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A giggle for your Thanksgiving Day

(Taken from: A Monk in the Inner City: The ABCs of a Spiritual Journey by Mary Lou Kownacki) Two farmers were walking through a field when they saw an angry bull. Instantly, they made for the nearest fence, with the … Continue reading

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Another Result of My Halloween Posts for the Chinese

In a previous post, I shared one of my former student’s pictures of students in her classroom enjoying my carving-a-pumpkin video clips. They tried their hands at carving pumpkins themselves and did a very impressive job of doing so. A … Continue reading

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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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