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Welcome to the Conversation

Welcome to the Conversation about Chinese and American Education. First, thanks to all of you who have ordered Educating Young Giants and are talking about it. It’s beginning to stir up great conversations around the differences in Chinese and American … Continue reading

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Exam Pressure and Ancient Traditions

Zheng-Zheng and his friend bent over their first grade homework at the small table in the family apartment, fingers pressed against pencils as they meticulously made each line in the day’s new characters. Their concentration was absolute as they repeated … Continue reading

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What’s It Like to Be an Ancient Civilization?

As usual, my feisty preschool collaborator, Huang Ren Song, startled me as she tried to stuff some Chinese history into my head. She’d been talking about how massive the recent changes in China really are, like the introduction of public … Continue reading

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Illiteracy Strikes

I must have slept, but well before dawn I was dressed and peering down at the awakening street from my room at the Foreign Language Institute on the northern outskirts of Shanghai. The soft yellow light of a small shop … Continue reading

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Chinglish

A year before the Beijing Olympics an article in China Daily, China’s English language newspaper, described a war in Beijing against “baffling English translations” sometimes referred to as “Chinglish.” Some of them are, indeed, amusing to monolingual English speakers or … Continue reading

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China – A Mind Bending Experience

I’m an educator and curious person who has been traveling to China since the cold winter of 1989-90. That was an amazing trip, launched by my Ph.D. advisor and the Nanjing University English Department in China. I had just studied … Continue reading

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