Monthly Archives: January 2011

in response to a search query

I noticed that someone was directed to this site when they searched “use booster seat in beijing taxi.”  So, I thought I’d answer this question: Forget about it. Most cabs don’t even have seatbelts. Before we went we bought these … Continue reading

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Foreign Language Elementary Education, Say What?

As you know, I am working with the local public school district on an application for the Chinese Guest Teacher Program. Although the teacher is partially subsidized, we will have to do substantial fundraising as well as locating a family … Continue reading

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The tiger mother and me

I haven’t really touched any of this whole Tiger Mother thing. I know thin ice when I see it but today I feel like living on the edge. The thing is, I think that kids do need to learn how … Continue reading

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And now Yemen

The popular protests calling for reform and the ouster of leaders who have held their posts for decades has now spread to Yemen. Read here. It is all so exciting and a bit scary (in that great leap into the … Continue reading

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This Vermont life

One of the great things about living in Montpelier, Vermont, is the accessibility of local and state government. It is completely within my ability to walk into a budget meeting or bill hearing at the statehouse and make my voice … Continue reading

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The U.S. response to democratic movements in Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I frequently question U.S. foreign policy – both its objectives and its involvements. For examples see here and here. U.S. foreign policy seems to be guided by a list of … Continue reading

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Foreign Language Education at Union Elementary School

Those of you who have been with me for a while know that I have been planning to get the Chinese Guest Teacher Program here at Jie-jie’s elementary school. I am working with the administration on the application now. While … Continue reading

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Morning Exercises, June 2009

On international children’s day, the kindergarten held an open house for the parents. This provided me with an opportunity to film the morning exercise routine. I am a huge fan of morning exercises – a good 15 minutes of rhythm, … Continue reading

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Lunch at the Number One Canteen

Here are a couple of clips (May 2010) of the noodle station at the number one canteen. I ate lunch there 2-3 times a week. The last few weeks in China I borrowed a video camera from a friend so … Continue reading

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A civilized guangzhou, part II

During our year in Guangzhou in this blog post I noted the public service announcements calling for the local citizenry to help and bring about a more “civilized guangzhou.” In preparation for the Asian Olympic Games which occurred this past … Continue reading

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