Authors

Steve Ayers


Steve Ayers
Former Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms


Richard W. Clark


Richard W. Clark
Former Visiting Associate Professor, Human & Community Development


 


Patti Faughn
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development





Virginia Kuo


Virginia Kuo
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Youth Development - Metro


Martina Mohrbacher


Martina Mohrbacher
Former Outreach Initiative Specialist


Jane Scherer


Jane Scherer
Former Director of Web Development



Judith Taylor


Judith Taylor
Former Extension Educator, Youth Development


JoAn C. Todd


JoAn C. Todd
Former Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness


Steve Wagoner


Steve Wagoner
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Metro



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Local street food
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Chinese Food

Posted by Martina Mohrbacher -

There are many ways to explore a foreign culture but one of them certainly is to learn about their food. Thanks to our fabulous hosts we have been treated to all sorts of Chinese food from simple street food to the greatest and most expensive delicacies. Some in the group showed more adventurous spirit when it came to unusual types of food than others but I believe it was an experience for all...

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First Encounters

Posted by Patti Faughn -

First Encounters – A Sea of Somber Faces When we first arrived at the airport there was a long line of people with signs to notify the travelers of who they represented. No one was smiling, just holding their sign with a straight serious face. I smiled but no one smiled back. When I spotted Regina from Sanda University, her sign read "University of Illinois Extens...

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This is David Xiong, our main contact from the International Department at Wenzhou University
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Check this out

Posted by Martina Mohrbacher -

Check out David Xiong's Blog: http://xypro.blog.sohu.com/85691368.html . He was our main contact person from the International Department at Wenzhou University and in charge of all the arrangements for us. It turned out that we could have had no better counterpart than him. Apart from putting together a wonderful program for us, David also prov...

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One Way to Show Respect

Posted by Judith Taylor -

Kong zi shuo: "you peng zi you an fang lai, bu yi le hu?" (Confucius says: "Having friends from afar is great happiness, is it not?") In addition to being able to pronounce the names of the cities we'd visit and say such phrases as "thank you" and "you're welcome", I chose this saying from the ones Virginia shared in January. I anticipated that we might make friends in this far away land. What...

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First contacts

Mandarin Melodies

Posted by Phyllis A. Herring -

During these past two weeks I had many opportunities to practice speaking Mandarin which I began learning 30 years ago when I was a missionary in Taiwan. Before this trip I spent a considerable amount of time using a language computer program to review. My practice came in handy! Most of the university people we worked with these past two weeks speak English very well. However many folks speak...

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Steve's window reflections

Posted by Steve Wagoner -

As I sit on the bus headed to Wenzhou for the last leg of our professional development opportunity, I have a rush of feelings and emotions. Before I left, my parents—in fact, most everyone in my life—kept calling it "an experience of a lifetime." Whenever I heard that phrase, I thought…"Well, I guess, but I'm not sure what that really means in relation to the trip."...

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Fuer meine Familie - for my family

Posted by Martina Mohrbacher -

Everybody: This is to my family who speaks only German. If you can decipher it you are welcome to read it :-) Hallo Familie: Ich schreibe Euch ganz kurz auf Deutsch, da ich weiss dass das Lesen auf Englisch ein bisschen muehsam ist. Der Trip laeuft so weit wirklich gut, alle sind happy und wir haben sehr einzigartige Erlebnisse. Dank der Tatsache dass meine Kollegin Virginia von...

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In good company

Posted by Martina Mohrbacher -

This time I have to start my narrative of today with the evening. Tonight the group had a very special and unique opportunity to dine at a very famous restaurant that until recently was in-accessible to the public, the Jia Le Yuan Restaurant. It used to serve only the leaders of the communist party and other high ranking officials - since General Mao's time. General Mao himself had been to this...

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This was our tour guide Vincent with Judy, Martina and Steve at one of the pagodas on West Lake in Hangzhou.
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Reflections from China

Posted by Judy Schmidt -

Today is my first chance to sit down and write about our experiences in China so far. It has been a whirlwind of experiences and it is hard to capture all we have seen and done. If I had to sum it up into one word, the most memorable thing for me here has been the people. From the moment we stepped off the plane in China, we have been greeted by friendly and helpful people-beginning with the cu...

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Reflections of Teaching in China

Posted by Steve Wagoner -

So much has happened on my trip so far--it is hard to pick the topic upon which I want to reflect in my first blog entry. One of the highlights, though, that I am never forgetting is how it was to teach my workshop and think about the educational process in China. The topics requested of me by Sanda University were leadership, youth and adult relationships, and coalitions and collabora...

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Hangzhou

Posted by Martina Mohrbacher -

Yet another great day! We started out pretty early this morning to catch a train from Shanghai to our next station of the trip - Hangzhou. The first nice surprise was the train station - honestly I've never seen a cleaner and more modern train station in my life! The train was equally impressive, new and clean and very comfortable. We actually wished we could fly home in a vehicle like...

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Visit Pudong Middle School
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Last day in Shanghai

Posted by Martina Mohrbacher -

Our visit to Pudong Middle School yesterday was very interesting and very successful! The reason for visiting this particular school was that the English language department of our host university, Sanda, has established an outreach reading program there. We had the pleasure of visiting one of the reading lectures and were very impressed by the teaching technique. The teachers in the program ar...

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Before check-in
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Finally

Posted by Martina Mohrbacher -

Finally the first real entry in our travel log! After a long and tiring but very quiet flight we made it into Shanghai without any losses. All group members and suitcases safely arrived. We were picked up by Sanda and brought to our very nice accomodations on campus. After an early dinner and a first short stroll across campus we all fell into our beds and tried to catch up on lost slee...

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