March 2, 2019
To: Whom it may concern
From: John S. Porter, Publisher of WWW.TOURGUIZHOU.COM
Re: Support for www.tourguizhou.com and the video: “Robo Cars of China”
The Tour Guizhou system of web blogs and chats is intended to create space online information about Guizhou people (including foreigners) our shared culture, food, education, natural beauty, technology, doing business, wine, minorities, and many other things. I have been coming to Guizhou, helping teach English and sharing the culture of Guizhou. I like informing western, English speaking, peoples about Guizhou. I have been coming to Guizhou for nineteen years (first visiting Guizhou to teach in the year 2000) and I have actively promoted Guizhou online through the www.tourguizhou.com web site for the last seven years. There is also a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tourguizhou/
My background in the USA has included data processing, community leadership, and, as a community leader, I helped create a transportation authority which provides bus transportation to the Grand Traverse Bay (GTBay) region. GTBay is in Northern Michigan of the USA. For a period of time, I was Chairman of the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA). That is why I am so excited about the Big Data and transportation innovation in Guizhou. I recognize its potential in bring us all closer together by advancing the quality of our lives, not just in Guizhou, but also the world.
The video “Robo Cars of China” is an attempt to merge many of my ideas about China and the West into a coherent concept of cooperation, friendly competition, and inspiring young people to engage the new technologies. I want the young people to prepare themselves in an enthusiastic and collaborative way. A key element to this cooperation is “Technology English”. As engineers work together, they soon discover that their English teachers didn’t prepare them for collaborations on technical issues using English. English teachers are typically not engineers. For almost a year I have worked on this video about Guiyang and its robotic car basic research.
The video is staged in Guiyang, promoting Guiyang to the tech community, but also it teaches “Technology” English. It blends technology English with an interesting cooperation and competition, all taking place in Guiyang. It is an English teaching document, a technical document, and an effort to inspire the young. It is also a promotion of Guiyang, China, and the cooperation that is growing between and among different countries.
The Tourguizhou web site stresses the lifestyle in Guiyang which is geared to young professionals who want to live in an interesting and progressive culture. Guiyang combines tourist attractions with a progressive technology culture. I have enjoyed telling this story on the web, and the video is my most ambitious effort yet. Unfortunately, I have been forced into retirement by operation of law. At age 68 I am faced with returning to my home country to find work in order to sustain myself. My work in promoting technology and Guizhou will draw to a close unless I find support from the Chinese government and the Chinese businesses that value collaboration with the West. I think Westerners should also have an interest in promoting this kind of cooperation as well. Any thoughts on grant ideas or other support are requested and appreciated.
This video ties together many years of my activity here in China. I have multiple objectives in the creation of this video:
- Inspire young people to get involved in technology.
- Teach “Technology English” in a relevant format.
- Allow English learners to listen and “catch” informal English conversation.
- Introduce Guiyang/Guizhou as a legitimate technology center in China. It is also known as China’s “Big Data Valley”
- Introduce the “Pixmoving” company as a small research company with big ideas for Autonomous Vehicles (AV).
- Demonstrate how innovative competition can take place between people of countries from all over the world, making the world a better place through technology. Vigorous competition and friendships between countries is good.Please contact me at USAInfo@yahoo.com with your comments.
The purpose of the Peace Corps is:
The Peace Corps Mission
To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained Volunteers.
To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
This blog, www.tourguizhou.com was started four years ago in an effort to promote the above concept and understanding among all cultures. The focus of this blog is to show the human interest side of foreign countries, particularly Guizhou Province of Southwest China. Learning about other cultures is always interesting and Guizhou is rich in cultures. There are many kinds of peoples, from remote minority villagers all the way through the very high tech techies.
So if you have a story to tell about Guizhou, or helpful information for English speaking people in Guizhou, please contact me at email@example.com . You can support this project by contributing your story, linking, and letting other people know about us.
If you really are interested in making an impact, come and take a teaching job, or come as a tourist and look around.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
African-American youths see the true China
By Yan Dongjie (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2016-05-22 16:35
It is not often that I reference China Daily because this web site blog (at www.tourguizhou.com) is about foreigners in Guizhou. Guizhou Province of China is magnificent . . . in the friendly people, the beautiful landscape, abundant water resources, clean air, minority cultures and an incredible variety of local foods. So when I read a headline referencing the “true China” it really set off a little bell. In the USA people always ask me, “What is it like in China?”. My answer is always the same . . . “China’s a big place. It’s better to ask me what it’s like in Guizhou, or Guiyang.”
I really wanted to read the article because I don’t know how to describe the true China either. My impression is that about half of the country is still quite rural, with a big percentage of people pulling themselves up out of the rubble that was The Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. It is a rapidly growing techno society and a sleepy rural place as well. It is on the move, or not. It depends on your bias going in, and what you are shown, and what you choose to see. So I really was curious about what the author and the hosts came up with in describing the trip of “African-American youths”. You have the link now and can read the article yourselves.
So if I wanted to show Chinese people the True America, what would I show them? Perhaps I will try to lead a group to the USA and attempt to show them the “True America”. What will it be? The African American youths were shown Beijing and Shanghai. That would be like showing Washington DC and New York City, only, and calling it the “true America”. What a bastard view that would be.
So the question stands, what would I show them? Well it would be difficult in two weeks to show the true America with any degree of granularity. For sure, I would want to show them New York City and Washington DC. I would also want to show them a pro football game, a college basketball game, a minor league baseball game, Flint, a jazz bar, Harvard, Northwestern Michigan Community College, a small midwest town, some National Parks, an NRA sponsored shooting range, a primary school class, a church service, a medical research hospital, Detroit Recorder’s Court, a township board meeting, a Donald Trump rally, West Point, a Boeing Corporation jet plane factory, … hmmm. Two weeks might not be enough time!
Does anybody else have any ideas about “the true America”?
Ray Mahoney, a friend of mine, was recently diagnosed with TB. His story can be seen online TB In China and
at http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI4NDE4NjU5Mg==.html?from=y1.7-2 and
https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7q3ujwp7efzgip/TB_In_China.flv?dl=0 . Ray has about 20 years of experience as a foreigner in China, and I have about eight or ten. We have learned a lot that we didn’t know about what happens when medical attention is needed. We have learned about deportation when an infectious disease is present, and the quarantine policies. This video highlights the issues, and as I write, the issues for Ray remain unresolved.
The Guiyang for Laowai is listed below (prior post) and is a guidebook written by volunteers, all foreigners. It is in it’s third edition and goes obsolete rapidly. There are plenty good restaurants and other places of interest listed, in addition to what you find here. You may need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to download it. The VPN gets through the firewall an lets you view western sites. I use Astrill ( https://www.astrill.com/ ), but there are several others out there. Astrill runs about $6 or $7 a month which is typical. If you have a friend with “Free” “gate” (spelling intentionally altered) he can probably give you the program, but their website is blocked from China. It’s a free vpn.
I am Jack, and am the administrator of this site. I am rethinking this site and need suggestions for new content, and of course, content contributors. If you have ideas, please contact me at email@example.com .
The Guizhou Wine Expo had a promotional video detailing the attractions of Guizhou. I captured part of it on my cell phone camera. Then I pulled out an old video from when I visited the Miao countryside. The song of the Miao Women when they ask you to drink their sweet rice wine is really extraordinary, and in no way exaggerated by the promotional video. I’ve added a couple clips . . .