Several speaking events in the planning stages for 2014, including presentations for the Asia Society of Texas and Concordia University, and an exhibit based on Educating Young Giants at the Museum of Teaching and Learning.  Stay tuned!

Scheduled Events



Topic:  China and U.S. Schooling Compared
Location:  The Claremont Colleges,  Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont, CA
Date:  April 16, 2014
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Preceded by faculty discussion at 4:30 p.m.
Sponsor:  School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University



China Research and Collaboration, April 19 – May 4, 2014
Collaborations with Nanjing University, East China Normal University, and China Women’s University, including:

Nanjing University

Nanjing University

  • development of programs with Mount St. Mary’s College
  • observations of schools in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, and Hefei, Anhui Province
  • research about children’s learning
  • interviews for my next book
  • collecting of artifacts for Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL) exhibit





Past Events

April 3, 2014 – Stockton, CASan Joaquin Delta College
What Kids Learn and Don’t Learn in Chinese and U.S. Schools
Sponsor:  San Joaquin Delta College, The College Hour at Delta





Mt. St. Mary's College Logo

February 11, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA
Topic:  Understanding Chinese Education
Sponsor:  Mount St. Mary’s College Instructional Leadership Program






November 6, 2013 – Davis, CA
Topic:  Chinese and U.S. Education Compared
Sponsor: University of California at Davis





November 5, 2013 – Sacramento, CAScreen shot 2013-10-31 at 2.18.50 PM
Topic:  Critical Thinking in Chinese & American Education
Sponsor:  Cosumnes River College, Dept. of Sociology




October 24, 2013 – Cerritos, CA
Topic:  China and U.S. Schools Compared
Sponsor:  Cerritos Library



October 15, 2013 – Smithfield, Rhode Island Topic:  Educating Young Giants:  What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn)
Sponsor:  U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University




October 11, 2013 – New York, NY
Topic:  Author Talk and Book Signing:  Educating
Young Giants
Sponsor:  China Institute of America





October 9, 2013 – New Haven, CT
Topic:  Fireside Chat with Nancy Pine
Sponsor:  Yale-China Association



October 8, 2013 – Cerritos, CA
Topic:  Chinese and American Schools Compared
Sponsor:  American Association of University Women of Somerset County



September 1, 2013 – Arcadia, CA
Topic:  Comparison of China and U.S. Education Systems
Sponsor:  La Jaja Kidsfest and Family Expo

May 19, 2013 – Monterey Park, CA
Topic:  Chinese and American Education Compared
  Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library

April 21, 2013 – Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
“Authors on Asia” Series




April 19, 2013Wang Tcheng Restaurant, Anaheim, CA     
Topic:  Classrooms in China
Sponsor:  Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL),
Distinguished Speaker Series


April 17, 2013San Gabriel, CA
Topic:  What Can Chinese and U.S. Educators Learn from Each Other?
Sponsor:  Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of educators
April 8, 2013Church of the Good Shepherd, Arcadia, CA
Topic:  Chinese Education in the 21st Century
Sponsor:  American Association of University Women


March 14, 2013 -  Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena
Educating Young Giants (book discussion and


March 7, 2013 – China Women’s University, Beijing, China
  U.S. and China Preschools:  Contrasts and Similarities
School of Child Development and Education
Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Beijing – February 19-March 10, 2013
Observing in schools, giving talks and consulting, working with Mount St. Mary’s faculty
in China on an NEH grant project, making arrangements for future collaborations between
Janjing University and Mount St. Mary’s.


February 23, 2013 -  Chinese University of Hong Kong
What Does Creativity Mean for Chinese Education?
Sponsors: Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Institute of Education


February 12, 2013 – University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
  Education in China and the United States
School of International Studies:  Tuesday World Forum



February 11, 2013 – Rossmoor Community, Walnut Creek, CA
Topic:  Educating Kids in China and America
  Chinese American Association at Rossmoor Community


Research and Consulting in China

New library at China Women's University

China Women’s University Library

Dates: October 2-8, 2012, Beijing

  • Writing a paper with my research associate at China Women’s University; interviewing AnWei, the subject of my next book; hunting down visits for the Mount St. Mary’s College faculty visit in March; visiting friends

October 9-16, 2012, Nanjing

  • Consulting with Nanjing University English Department; making arrangements for the March Mount St. Mary’s College faculty visit for the NEH grant, Women in China; visiting elementary and high schools; collaborating with colleagues; visiting friends.


Chinese classroom


November 12, 2012 – Distant Lands ~ Bookstore and Travel Outfitter
The Cultural Ins and Outs of  Visiting China



Chinese student performing for classmates

Chinese 5th grader performing a novel

October 26, 2012 – Arizona State University,
Tempe, Arizona
Topic:  Performance vs. Improvisation in Chinese and U.S. Schools
Sponsor: Comparative International Education Society, Western Conference




August 26, 2012 – Adult Education Forum at All Saints Church
Educating Young Giants
: All Saints Church, Pasadena

August 23, 2012 – YinYang: The Way of Ways, Women in China lecture by Robin Wang, Director of Asian and Pacific Studies, Loyola Marymount University and collaborator in the Mount St. Mary’s College Bridging Cultures: US/China Program
Women in China grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities for Mount St. Mary’s College

August 22, 2012 - Interview with Chu Guofei, deputy director, North American Office, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and editor of the English language newspaper
Topic: Views on Chinese and American education for The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Chinese and English language newspapers

August 20, 2012 - Discussion with Delegation from the academic presses of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Topic: Trends in the Social Sciences in the United States
Sponsor: Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles

August 3, 2012 - Talk to Preschool Specialists from Guangzhou, China
Dynamic Trends in Preschool Education in America and China
The Los Angeles Guangzhou Sister City Association

June 12, 2012 ~ “Food for Thought” lunch and discussion
Topic: Chinese and American Education
Sponsor: Center for Cultural Fluency, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles

June 7, 2012 ~ Book Launch Party   (It was a great celebration!)
Sponsors: Altadena Christian Children’s Center(ACCC) and Children, Youth & Families Program of All Saints Church, Pasadena ~ both organizations promote social justice and diverse perspectives.

June 1 (in China) & June 2 (in the United States)Children’s Day

May 22, 2012 - Book Release of  Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn) in China and America (Palgrave Macmillan Publishers) Available at all booksellers.

April 30,2012 – Advance copies of Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn) in China and America arrived!

April 14, 2012 – Open conversation with education and Asia experts at San Antonio Gardens, Pomona, California

March 25, 2012 – Conversations with parents in Beijing comparing Chinese and American education. Which would be better for their children?

March 18-24, 2012 – Meetings at Nanjing University and visits to middle schools, Nanjing, China

March 15, 2012 – Mount St. Mary’s College Inauguration Symposium, “Aiming toward College in China and the United States: A Comparison.” Los Angeles