• Pulled South of the Border

    Hola mis amigos!  Hailing you all from sunny Mexico.  I left chilly China on December 21st and spent a month back in Oregon before heading down to my new job teaching high school humanities in Mexico City.  Mom came down with me for the first ten days and we wandered and explored a bit before I had to check in…

  • My Chinese Students

    Tomorrow is my last day teaching in China.  I have to say that I am very sad to leave my students.  Although frustrating that so much of what I say is not understood, we have created a bond.  They are great kids and I am going to miss them. As I told each class that I wasn’t going to be…

  • Unabated Frustrations

    Its been a little over two weeks since my last post and the near impossibilities of trying to teach rich and wonderful, but conceptually challenging subjects to students who barely speak a few words of English, have hit me harder than I’d like to admit. After my last post there was a five day national holiday here in China.  I…

  • A Rough Start

    A disturbing, satirical, perplexing, and very frustrating two weeks have just flown by.  As you know the school I am working for, the actual building, was far from complete the week before we were to open. Miraculous work took place and we are now in the buildings.  Unfortunately the need to open the buildings/school on time took precedence over quality of…

  • New Life, New School

    Grand Opening is just three days away! The Yew Wah International Education School officially opens its doors to students on September 18.  But since the campus isn’t really ready for us to occupy it, we will be hosting an activity camp at the Sheraton resort just down the road for the first two days.  Here is a rendering of what the…

  • A Chinese Village, 14.8 Million Strong

    I have arrived in Huadu, China, a small…ish suburb of Guangzhou in southern China, just two hours inland from Hong Kong.  Trees and green hills abound and calmness reigns amongst the high-rises in my neighborhood.  All of this is very surprising to me.  Happy people meandering the streets and lush plant life are every where.  I knew that China’s major…