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March 19, 2011, 9:44 pm
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Before making the decision to go to China I decided to do a little research on other teachers’ experiences to obtain a better grasp of what I was getting myself into.   I read about the cultural differences (there are a few), the differences in cleanliness of both countries (really unnoticeable to the untrained eye), and of the various activities that some schools require the teachers to take part in.  These events ranged from attending and judging English speaking competitions to giving speeches in front of the school and attending government officials.  I was aware that I might have to take part in similar events, but luckily I did not.  I did, however, take part in the New Year’s celebration that was being put on by the school.  The celebration would feature shows by the students, ranging from grades K-12, and I was to be in a fashion show with my second grade class in front of the students and their families.

First let me give you a rundown of the fashion show.  I was told that a costume would be made for me (which, as it would turn out, was constructed of clear tape and laminated CD’s) and that I was to walk down the “runway” twice, once with Lizzie and once with a student.   I would normally continue to write more here, but unfortunately when the words “clear tape” and “CD’s” are used to describe my costume then only pictures will do.  And here they are.

My students getting ready for the show

My lovely girls not listening to their teachers and instead focusing their attention on me.

Here are Lizzie and I doing our best to look excited; one of us is doing a better job than the other.

My third grade students looking at their English teacher with awe and admiration.

My third grade students.

Ah, to be young and flexible again!

My students workin' it!

Myself getting upstaged by my student, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

After stepping off the stage and out of my costume, I stood at the back of the auditorium and watched the performance. As I was doing this people would walk by and say hello, smile at me, and of course stare at me. There were two people who stared at me far too long, and after a bit of annoyance and biting of my tongue, I decided to snap their pictures. Did I do the right thing? You be the judge.

Hi there!

They start the staring at a young age in China.

This show, like much of my time in China, left me a bit confused and a bit embarrassed. I was forced to remain flexible and to simply enjoy the randomness that is China. At one point in time I was not going to do this show, but now as I look back, I am glad I did. I enjoyed being a goofball and I enjoyed making my students laugh. And at the end of it, I think the parents were both surprised and happy to see this American, a person viewed with great respect and esteem in China, and simply see him as a person who cared about their children. And if that is all I accomplished while in China, I consider both myself and my experience a success.


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This show was not for the Children’s Day?! You did a good job Chris, haha~

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