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谢迈克在中国 » 2008» June

谢迈克在中国

Mike Shecket Goes To China!

Many happenings

June 29th, 2008

…and lots of pictures not posted yet.

Today I am leaving Guiyang, possibly forever.  I’m heading to Chengdu, then Chongqing, down the Yangtze to Yichang for a look at the Three Gorges Dam, then maybe to Xi’an before stomping into Beijing on July 8th.

Last night, I went with one of my students to the home of one of her former teachers, where we had an excellent view into the stadium to see the big Jay Chou concert.  That was pretty amazing.

I’ve been saying a lot of goodbyes and doing a lot of cleaning and packing…trying to cram a lot of stuff into not too much space.  Er, I guess that’s what packing is.

More soon…I’m under a deadline to get cleaned up and get out today.

American culture trifecta!

June 14th, 2008

Wan Hang and Henry model a Fender guitar and a bottle of Bud at Pizza Hut in Guiyang!

Ugly

June 13th, 2008

If you like laziness, you’ll love this video:

Bad

June 13th, 2008

Yesterday morning, the Olympic torch passed through Guiyang. I’d heard that its planned swing through Jinyang had been cancelled, but clearly I either misunderstood or was misinformed. In any case, at a time when the torch was about to pass probably no more than half a mile, a mile tops, from the school, the foreign teachers were all roped into an interminable, pointless early morning meeting (only the second one we’ve had to go to all year). Some of us get the sense that this was done intentionally in order to keep us off the streets. One of my colleagues, frustrated, cleared out of the meeting and tried to get outside to see what was going on. The guard would not open the gate to let him get out. Finally, when he started climbing the fence, the guard let him out, but the torch had already gone by.

As for the rest of us, we were stuck with watching live TV coverage in one of the classrooms, where we recognized streets and buildings that are probably a ten-minute walk up the street. We were mad. In fairness, however, none of the several thousand students were allowed to go watch, and neither were their Chinese teachers.

In the end, it still seems like an insult, because the rest of the time, we’re pretty much allowed to come and go as we please.

Good

June 13th, 2008

Pictures and videos from my last teaching day with my “public” classes (click for bigger pictures):

Class 11 sings two popular favorites:

Here they sing the Chinese national anthem (”March of the Volunteers”):

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