In July of 1999 a Chinese friend at Church told me about a job going in a College in Xinxiang, Henan, PR China.
Lu knew that I had been very interested in China for many years through my work as a landlady to Chinese student/tenants.
I worked on my application for three days and submitted my first FAX, ever.
I was accepted and in China ready to work within 6 weeks!! Isn't God amazing!
Mrs. Han, Mrs. Zhang and Mr. Chen came to Beijing to meet me. We visited famous sites, ate 'delious food' and then headed down South to Xinxiang some 400 miles away.
Temperatures remained around 42C (112F) - sweltering - the longest hottest summer for some time.
Thankfully I was escorted to my 3rd floor apartment with AIR CONDITIONING and could relax. I discovered that our College has 5000 people on campus during term time including retired folk and some 7500 including distance learners and those living off campus.
Each morning, VERY EARLY, folk of all ages would come out to exercise. I tried to join in - the standard is very high.
Shortly after I joined the College it was time for the 50th Celebrations of the 'Liberation' or the establishment of People's Republic of China in 1949.
This proved to be great fun. A special performance was put on in our open air theater and 'everyone' was invited to perform through song, dance or acting. The standard was incredible.
Of course, being the only English/American in the College - has meant that I am a bit of a curiousity. There is great interest in the West and thankfully I've brought lots of pictures and books.
(Thank you David, Cecily, Jack, Jill, Margaret, Sally, Jean, Giles, Maureen, Lee, Allen.....)
If you would like to come to China or to our College particularly, to teach do contact me. I promise you it will be the most amazing experience of your life.
I am just the second 'foreigner' to come to our College - and consequently have had TV interviews...very exciting.
The closeness of life here still amazes and comforts me. You are never lonely in China because the family system is very strong indeed and that includes looking after 'foreigners'.
Please look at the other links to 'hear' more - and there are some other wonderful linked sites to visit as well.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING - 'ZAIJIAN'
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