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Week 6 – Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 2016

Dec 06, 2016

Lexus! Porsche! Volvo! Mercedes! BMW! Audi! Just when I thought I was done marveling at the costliness of the cars in the side streets, someone parked a Maserati at the entrance to the apartment complex. I’m not jealous, just bemused. My 25 year old Chevy van would make a nice contrast to these slick automobiles. […]

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Week 5 – Nov. 19 to 26, 2016

Nov 30, 2016

Nothing extraordinary going on. The students have caught on to taking notes, as there is a quiz at each week’s conclusion, in every class. Sadly, each class also has a cadre of three students in the rear who will not stop messing with their phones during the sessions. Even when I call up some of […]

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Week 4 – Nov. 12 to 18, 2016

Nov 22, 2016

Ever so gradually, the cough and congestion are going away. I do notice some of the air pollution in the morning. Just like in Hefei, I get a scratchy feeling in the throat and bronchial tubes. The sky never looks entirely clear. Construction is at a rapid pace, just like in Hefei. Thousands of new […]

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Week 3 – Nov. 5-11, 2016

Nov 16, 2016
Saturday, Nov. 5 – Awww, shucks. Twenty-two degrees (Celsius, of course. It’s 72 Fahrenheit) again today, but the forecast shows 100 percent chance of precipitation for Monday. That’s walking-to-class day, as are the other four work days. See where the green line (dew point) meets the red line (temperature)? That’s French for “100 percent humidity.” [...]
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Week 2 – Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2016

Nov 04, 2016

Hurrah! The forecast for the coming week shows a chance of sunshine. It’ll be a relief to emerge from the British-style weather for a few days. I’ve already lost one umbrella. It’s not a China thing – it’s an absent-minded professor kind of thing. So maybe I can give my new umbrella a rest. If […]

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Week 1 – Oct. 21-28, 2016

Nov 01, 2016

“Who’ll stop the Rain?” This classic 1970 song by Creedence Clearwater Revival keeps coming to my mind as I am slogging through puddles. First week in Wuhu, teaching at Anhui Normal University. The weather is as expected, changeable, not too cold, but rain possible just about any time. A passionate photographer can use all that […]

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016
Hu Zheng Yang (not in 2+2), a senior nursing student, takes me and a few friends to his parents’ house. They have cooked an incredible dinner for us. Here we are with his Mom and Dad at the apartment in downtown Hefei. Last one! The 6-week course term is coming to an end tomorrow. A [...]
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 15, 2016
Sunday,11:30 a.m. ... rush hour. Every hour is rush hour. A visit to “Earth Hall” is bound to bring a stupefied grin to the face of any earth scientist... Big kudos to Ada Zhang and her fiancé.  She’s the English teacher associated with this project.  They take me to the Geology Museum and the History [...]
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 14, 2016
The game works! Two optional Saturday “Learning English” sessions. Once again, it’s attracting half a dozen students from outside our program. We play the “Hot Seat” game: Divide the group into two teams. Two students sit with their backs to the projection screen. For each team, 1 word is displayed on the screen. The teams take [...]
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Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016
National Nurses Day Celebration, May 11-12! It was a great show. Sketches, songs, dances, all done by nursing students. Above are some of the nice-looking performers... …below: not so nice-looking, but making up for it in noise volume. Yours Truly, playing the piano in the opening act of the ceremony. The task was to lay a musical [...]
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016
“Hefei is very urban,” said my friend Sonia Robles of the Humanities Department in a recent conversation. Quite an understatement! Hefei , in China’s Anhui Province, is mind-numbingly, mega-city-maximously urbanized. Apartment buildings that lend new meaning to the term “city block”... construction that never seems to be putting up “just one” high-rise building... …and work [...]
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016
The students here deserve all the credit. They turned a lengthy six-week stay at a university in a spartan dorm room into a fun-filled series of activities. The same is true for the faculty. Here’s a quick catalog of the adventures within the adventure they have provided: daytime field trip to giant Lake Chao with [...]
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016
Big Nurses’ Day coming up May 11 and 12, with formal celebration Wednesday night! Somehow I got dragged into playing the piano for the opening act. One advantage I have over other people that got volunteered to do a performance: If it doesn’t go well, I can just leave the country. Anybody here will assure [...]
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Monday, May 9, 2016

May 09, 2016
Medical student Xin Yu points out tons of delicious choices in the AUCM Dining Hall - but it would be helpful if I could read the signs on the windows. It worked! Fewer sleepy faces today. Especially for a Monday! Instead of slugging through the exercises in the textbook, I show an iStan human medical [...]
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Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, 2016

May 07, 2016
Portrait of a future Brenau Nursing Major: “Alice” Chen Amin Alice is in her first year, but she looks forward to a number of more years to complete her nursing education. She is undecided about whether to aim for a degree in nursing, followed by a Ph.D. in education, or to go all the way [...]
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 04, 2016
Portrait of a future Brenau Nursing Major: “Sissi” Chen Anting Sissi is a first-year nursing student from Tianchang, Anhui. Her career plans go well beyond the B.S.N. degree. “I’d like to go on and earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice,” she says. “My dream is to treat patients independently, and write prescriptions.” To escape the tainted [...]
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 03, 2016
The interesting thing about a comprehensive China experience is that it isn’t a comprehensive experience. It’s more of a collection of snapshots of individual observations that accumulate in great numbers before they unite into some kind of greater mosaic. One such mental snapshot is that the students here don’t like to be in the sun. [...]
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Monday, May 2, 2016

May 02, 2016
Completely new crowd this weekend. It’s the Labor Day celebration in China – one of the biggest holidays of the year. We have three days off. Most of the students tend to go home to be with their families, so a big part of China is on the road, railroad and in the air – [...]
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Apr 25, 2016
Key differences between Brenau and ASCM  – This place is huge! Not much scalability to make things more conducive to faculty-student interaction, which is not a universally embraced concept here. For example, the classroom is not great for teaching conversational language. It is really a small, traditional-style auditorium in which students all face the same direction and [...]
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