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The Reading Room Blog

It was an enticingly warm, spring-like evening when Yaji took over ThinkTank in Portland’s arts district in March. Lanterns were hanging at the main entrance in celebration of this being the final day of the Chinese Lunar New Year—a sense of newness permeating the air.

  • Notes from the Road: Spring China Trip

    My Mother’s Day was spent in Shanghai speaking to a mother’s book group about U.S. education and studying in New England.  The evening before, I had given the same talk to a different audience: a Christian mom’s group.  

    Before I made my... read more

  • Guest Blog: More Idioms!

    As usual, our gathering in early March ranged through a wide variety of themes. The weather in Beijing this time of year is not great, but people joke that the gathering of officials and delegates for the National People's Congress... read more

  • Guest Blog: School Culture in a Private Chinese Boarding School

    Almost routinely over the past couple of months, I have been met with interesting experiences as I continue my teaching stint in a private Sino American school here in Zhangzhou, China. So let me share a little about the school culture, which... read more

  • Guest Blog: Deborah Enright

    Hello from Zhangzhou

    It’s 2pm and I’m sitting quietly in my apartment at the Liren Sino American Cooperative School in Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, China. It has been a busy and enlightening six weeks and I’ve finally... read more

  • Guest Blog: Video blogging in Shanghai

    Guest Blogger: Ben Wang

    I had the pleasure of traveling with Suzanne and administrators from four other New England schools on a delegation to China in November. I was very excited to be there for my school (Vermont... read more

  • Guest blog: Claudy Tu

    A lot of people joined us for the second Chinese Language Roundtable in November. It was a beautiful day, sunny and a little chilly. This is typical early winter weather in mid-November. Time flies when the conversation flows. As we say in... read more