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The 2005 Wuyi Experience

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Modern China is very different from what I imagined.

Modern China is very different from what I imagined.


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  • 1. The Wuyi University Maricopa Community Colleges Experience Summer 2005 John Bradley -- LI Lianhua & TANG Tang Ann Brennan Lindner-- LIU Hua Janet Robinson -- HE Hilary Monica Wadsworth -- CHEN Richard Lisa Widowski -- HUANG Lily
  • 2. Jiangmen
  • 3. From Guangzhou International Airport to Wuyi University
    • Superhighways cut
    • through the countryside . China has built more than 18,000 miles of new highway during the past decade.
  • 4. Car Culture
    • Traffic moves slowly, closely, carefully. The street is shared by all. The bigger the vehicle, the more it owns the right of way.
    • More than
    • 5 million cars were sold in China last year. Like this Buick, most were made in China.
    • More were sold in only Japan and the United States.
  • 5. Wuyi University
  • 6. Wuyi University
    • Founded in 1985.
    • Located in Jiangmen City (a well-known hometown of the overseas Chinese) in Guangdong Province (close to Hong Kong and Macao).
    • Two schools: (Management and Information Technology). Fifteen departments .
    • More than 11,000 registered students on campus of which approximately 8,000 are full-time undergraduates.
    • Four-year undergraduate programs and a Masters Degree Program.
    • WYU has gained great support in its construction and expansion from overseas Chinese.
  • 7. VIP Treatment
    • Vice President LIU Zhiyong
    • emphasized harmony during dinner along the Pearl River.
    • Wuyi University is very serious about the Faculty Exchange Program and we were treated like VIPS.
  • 8.
    • A river runs through it. Architects use ancient water features to accent the beauty of modern designs.
    • The International Cultural Center is home away from home for VIP guests.
  • 9. Francis Zheng, is Director of the Foreign Affairs Office. Betty Song, Gerald Teng and Ma Lan mean it when they say “Let us know if we can be of any help.”
  • 10. Think Holiday Inn where Staff speak Chinese .
    • Guest rooms
    • are pleasant and Center staff anxious to serve.
    • Western facilities are provided and exist in many other places as well.
    • Laundry service is quick, inexpensive and excellent.
  • 11. Connectivity
    • Computers are connected via high speed cable. There are three Internet connected machines, wireless access for five more and five Ethernet cables as well.
  • 12. Chinese Food is Wonderful
    • Westernized Chinese food made us feel at home. Chopsticks are an option.
    • Eating slowly and enjoying each bite is an excellent way to lose pounds.
    • Mesa Community College students were excellent company. Dr. Effland is a hero.
  • 13. Spectacular Views
    • The Chinese five-star
    • Yucca Hotel as seen from the door to my room in the International Cultural Center.
    • Multiple restaurants, four stories of shopping mall and a theater complex. Star Wars opened the same day here it opened in Phoenix.
  • 14. First Things First
    • The International ATM at the bank on campus makes it easy to obtain Yuan.
    • Go with Ma Lan to the tailor and immediately order custom-made clothes as they take two weeks to make.
  • 15. Tour Guide Extraordinaire
    • Alfred RUAN Yongjian
    • is outgoing Student Union President and an excellent guide.
    • Student volunteers practice English while serving as off-campus escorts.
    • These are not cuddly kittens. Ivey, Ice and Tracy were dead serious about safety. Give them money and let them bargain for you.
  • 16. Cantonese Kung Fu
    • The past is honored. In 1428 Baisha Chen reformed the education system and mastered Kung Fu. Great grandsons used Kung Fu to fight the Japanese invasion.
  • 17. Money Spoke
    • This student guide,
    • who calls herself “Money” because that sounds like her Chinese name, led us to the cool mountain spring upon which Buddha rests.
    • Many people pray to
    • Buddha.
  • 18. Ancient Sites and Rituals
    • Pagodas and tombs abide among the trees.
    • The higher a wish lands
    • the more it is likely to come true.
  • 19. Confucius Say
    • The Emperor considered the lowly teacher Confucius his equal.
    • How many people remember the Emperor’s name or anything else about him?
    • Confucius lives.
  • 20. Sunday in the Park
    • Sunday
    • is the day Cantonese celebrate
    • in East Lake Park.
    • Weddings are the same everywhere.
    • Compare the above wedding party to that of my daughter and son-in-law in Sedona, Arizona.
  • 21. High Stake Exams
    • All Wuyi students
    • carry a cell phone -- Sandy had two. While taking us to the Exposition Center she got a call saying she passed her graduation exams. Sandy was loud as she talked on both phones at once. Last semester she was the only one of her cohort to pass on schedule and celebration would have been rude.
  • 22. Industrialization Reigns
    • This is the
    • Exposition Center
    • where global merchants place orders for Wuyi and Taiwan made motorcycles, appliances, industrial equipment and just about anything else you can imagine.
  • 23. New and Old Factories Everywhere
    • 20% of all Chinese motorcycles are manufactured in Jiangamen City.
    • Nice new factories and family owned factories abound.
    • State Owned Enterprises are being privatized with care.
  • 24. Motorcycles Abound
    • Ms. Tang is
    • a Motorcycle Momma.
    • Her family owns a new Honda automobile, too.
    • Ms. Tang introduced me as “Grandfather Christmas.” Students called to me as I walk on campus.
  • 25. Management School
    • Sixty-three School of Management faculty share the Ma Lan Fang building.
    • Ms. Li and Ms. Tang decided they are my Chinese Daughters. Their time is precious as they teach a full load and publish research as well.
    • Help with research design was most appreciated.
  • 26. Lectures with Ms. Tang
    • Ms. Tang and I present How Wall Street Works and The World is Flat to fourth year students.
    • There are 85 students in each class. Personal sound systems help us save our voices.
  • 27. Lectures with Ms Li
    • Ms. Li and I present The American Business Lunch and The World is Flat to international marketing students.
    • Ms. Li and Ms. Tang asked me to make 10 lectures.
  • 28. Team Teaching
    • Monitors from the
    • Student Union
    • make announcements and act as liaison between students, faculty, and administration.
    • Monitors are especially useful in an emergency.
  • 29. China is Under Construction
    • Old housing
    • is being rapidly replaced.
    • Old homes are
    • picturesque, but
    • unpleasant .
    • Construction cranes
    • are called the national bird.
  • 30. Chinese Homes
    • Most people live in high rise condominiums.
    • There are elevators if a building is more than 10 stories high. Many buildings are only 8 stories high. Many of our Chinese colleagues are in excellent condition.
  • 31. Ms. Li’s Home
  • 32. Children’s Day at Ms Li’s
    • Ms. Li is a first-year Lecturer with a Master’s Degree. It will take five years of her salary to pay for this average size home – the same as her first-year American colleagues.
  • 33. Chinese Medicine
    • Registered nurses have a degree from an intensive three-year in-length program.
    • Chinese medicines
    • are made on Site.
    • There is scientific proof acupuncture reduces pain, but I still think
    • Dr. Effland is very brave.
  • 34. Zilli Village
    • End of the dynasty in 1911 made life dangerous.
    • Overseas Chinese sent money to their home villages. Villagers built fortresses to protect themselves from warlords and bandits.
    • Bars keeping
    • Nicole and Mackenzye in
    • kept bandits and warlords out.
  • 35. The Symposium
    • Professor Yiding Lee discussed China’s Cultural Traditions and the Great Inertia. To land a good job one had to do well on the national examinations. Math and science were not included on the tests so they were ignored for hundreds of years.
  • 36. Dinner in the Park
    • Mr. WU Rongzhi,
    • a Hong Kong worthy and his daughter who graduated from Rutgers University, invited us to dinner
    • and to his private garden.
    • According to Ms. Wu, Mr. Wu considers his park to be his “fourth daughter.”
  • 37. Mr. Wu Arranged Entertainment
    • Traditional
    • Chinese music
    • has a beauty
    • all its own.
  • 38. Mesa Ladies Honored Mr. Wu
    • Nicole Gavins
    • sings the Mariah Carey song, Hero.
    • Garnet Lashley sings the Billie Holiday Song, God Bless the Child.
    • Mr. WU was honored. This was the first time guests sang for him.
  • 39. Retired Persons Enjoy Life
    • Retired ladies meet each morning and perform Taichi. Many people exercise on their own each morning.
    • The four distinguished ladies in white retired from the President’s Office.
    • Faculty retire at 60.
  • 40. Hong Kong is Wonderful
  • 41. Kindergarten
    • Kindergarten teachers use song, dance and performance to help children learn.
    • Kindergarten is from
    • ages 2 to 6.
    • Children love to perform, love their teachers and love school.
    • Teachers complete a two year program that emphasizes performing arts.
  • 42. The Chinese Love Their Children Too.
    • Everywhere we went the message was always
    • the same.
    • The quest for Harmony underlies everything Wuyi University did for its Maricopa Community Colleges VIP Guests.
  • 43.