Good News of Great Joy

27 12 2016

We decided to do a service project at a local school with some friends, and we got to present the Christmas story and sing some Christmas songs. It was so fun, albeit a little crazy because we only had 20 minutes to practice.





Happy Halloween!

16 11 2015
We carved two pumpkins during class and then lit them up with cell phones (it's hard to find tea lights here).

We carved two pumpkins during class and then lit them up with cell phones (it’s hard to find candles here).

I let my classes choose an American holiday to celebrate, and my Monday class chose Halloween. Even though I told them to dress up and gave examples of how to do it, I was still the only person who did; but we had a great time carving pumpkins anyway. In China, most people eat pumpkin (nánguā) regularly, so none of my students had ever carved a pumpkin. It’s one of my favorite foods, and usually is fried with oil and served with salty duck egg. When we finished, we turned off the lights, lit the pumpkins with cell phone lights, and all my students ooh-ed and ahh-ed.

My students dug into the pumpkin to pull out the seeds. I was lucky to find orange pumpkins (they are usually green and not round), and these two were very small.

I dressed up as the easiest thing I could think of--a cowgirl. One of my students took this photo.

I dressed up as the easiest thing I could think of–a cowgirl. One of my students took this photo.

We also gave Tony a combination of his birthday gift and a donation to Zion: an electric drum set.

Tony enjoying his new drum set.

Tony enjoying his new drum set.

The sign says, "Tony--a great friend of ours, happy birthday. Love, Hello Kitty, Baby kitty, Mr. Feeny, Unikitty (& the SX team)" (A friend wrote the first part, and we wrote the second because Tony hates Hello Kitty. Mr. Feeny & Baby Kitty are his cats, who he also rather dislikes.)

The sign says, “Tony–a great friend of ours, happy birthday. Love, Hello Kitty, Baby kitty, Mr. Feeny, Unikitty (& the SX team)”
(A friend wrote the first part, and we wrote the signature because Tony hates Hello Kitty. Mr. Feeny & Baby Kitty are his cats, who he also rather dislikes.)





You-Knee-Kuh

7 10 2015

I assigned a “profile page” for my students so I could get to know them better, and I finally finished reading them today.

This is the kind of things my students think are “interesting or unique” about themselves…

They also tend to pronounce the word “unique” as “eunuch.”





Under Where???

30 09 2015
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This is at Yuan Pei campus, where I work. I took this photo about ten steps outside of my classroom.

In China, it is common to hang your clothes to dry. But look closely. I’d say this takes drying your clothes in public to a whole new level. . .

I guess I’m grateful that I didn’t run across the person who these clothes belonged to.





Dinking

25 09 2015
Allison dinking for the first time on Morica's bike.

Allison dinking for the first time on Morica’s bike.

I have no idea where the term “dinking” came from, but it basically means riding on someone else’s bike, either in the front or back. I’ve heard that the police get mad if you dink (or ride two people on an e-bike), but I’m pretty sure it’s a losing battle.





Student Life

13 09 2015

Today, we planned for the semester.

So, in honor of college life, here are pictures from our campus near the apartments:

 

Hanging Clothes

Students generally live six students to a dorm room. China doesn’t have dryers, so people generally hang clothes out their windows to dry. #noshame

 

Military Training

All freshman are required to do two weeks of “military training.” Carina claims that this basically includes marching around a track and yelling.

 





Bank of China

10 09 2015
Bank of China

We got our Chinese bank accounts today with our school from the most-famous bank in China. It will be extremely convenient once we have money in our accounts from teaching.