This past weekend I met with the chair of the sociology department here. The meeting went well and I was introduced to a graduate student working in Guangzhou’s substantial African immigrant community. He is going to take me out into the field with him so I can start poking around. I am looking forward to it!
As for next semester, however, instead of teaching an undergraduate course in American Race Relations, I am teaching a graduate seminar in Cultural Sociology. Yikes! I don’t have any of the materials I need and I don’t even have a library card yet so I have no way of determining what I can get my hand on here and what books I need to order from http://www.betterworldbooks.com! On top of that, the expectation is that I will assign only limited reading and lecture for a significant portion of the weekly 2.5 hour class. This seminar is clearly going to push the limits of my teaching experience but is also great preparation for future teaching – especially in Cultural Sociology.