Chinese Made Simple

In China, the term “waijiao” denotes “diplomatic relations” or “foreign teachers” .  These are so closely related that it is very difficult for me not to get them mixed up.  Chinese is very easy in one way,  you don’t have so many sounds to learn.  You just have to keep  track of the tones . . . In this case: wai4jiao1 and wai4jiao4 (diplomatic relations and foreign teacher respectively).

Incidentally, if you are a student of the tones, you will note a difference between what was said, what was written, and what you will find in a Chinese/English dictionary.  While Chinese seem to have no trouble understanding each other, they often disagree on tones and stroke order.

videos of Guiyang 贵阳的视频,useful for newcomers or those considering coming

 http://v.ifeng.com/news/society/201306/3392ab33-bfa0-4f4c-b889-843d5f1dc24b.shtml (If flash video doesn’t display, paste link into browser)

爽爽的贵阳 中国避暑之都, uploaded at: http://v.ifeng.com/news/society/201306/3392ab33-bfa0-4f4c-b889-843d5f1dc24b.shtml

Tied together by shots of a girl from a Guizhou minority rural background who has achieved success and come back to Guiyang (yeah, kinda corny), with a secondary story of some high living businessmen. But many video segments are well filmed. Narration is in Chinese with well done English subtitles.

贵阳市城市图片, uploaded at: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjIwMTk1MjA=.html

Still photos of Guiyang, perhaps 5 years old.

 

Vice Governor Chen Yiqin welcomes Foreign Teachers and Investors

On September 29, 2013 Guizhou Province hosted a reception ceremony welcoming the foreign  teachers and foreign investors to Guizhou.  Executive Vice Governor Chen Yiqin told the foreigners that Guizhou appreciates our efforts to help build the economy here in Guizhou.  A fine banquet was provided in a demonstration of thanks.

Chinese and American engineer education

The following was excerpted from a recent New York Tiimes article:
… “When American high school students are discussing the latest models of airplanes, satellites and submarines, China’s smartest students are buried in homework and examination papers,” said Ni Minjing a physics teacher who is the director of the Shanghai Education Commission’s basic education department, according to Shanghai Daily, an English-language newspaper. “Students also have few chances to do scientific experiments and exercise independent thinking.”
That message appears to be getting through to Chinese education officials, who are moving toward the American model of hands-on science learning. …
It reminds me of a topic I made a video about a few years ago called:
NASA and Robots and Cyborgs, OH MY
A robot demonstration at a local car show becomes raw material for commentary on how the USA is advancing technology in the young. The NASA moon rover was part of the show. The future of the US space program is discussed with NASA staff and the importance of science in addressing the needs of humans is demonstrated as we search for a cyborg:
This video is posted on “Jaxparty” in www.youku.com (SEE LINKS BELOW)

Shopping with Chef James

In winter of 2011 James Nozel, a master chef in Guiyang (now Beijing), took us shopping at the Ming Shan Lu market.  I love this market because it is huge and consists of Ma and Pa tables, each selling a specialty food.

 

Miao

In 2004 I was teaching at Guizhou Normal University and the Waiban (Foreign Affairs Director) sponsored a trip to a Miao village outside of Kaili in the southeast of Guizhou.  We were forced to drink the wine (a sweet, rice based wine), listen to singers, watch dancers, look at the fantastic scenery, and so on.  If you tried to resist the wine, they made you drink another cup.  A fine time was had by all.