My mission is to use my 39 years of teaching experience (33 in China and 6 in America) to help Americans learn more about China and better communicate with Chinese people.
Chairman Mao began The Chinese Cultural Revolution when I was sixteen years old. I was sent to a farm high in the remote hills of Hainan Island. The farm and rubber plantation there, which employed some workers of the Miao Nation (an indigenous aboriginal tribe) had been operated by mainland Chinese for decades. But there was a new influx of us from the mainland and also a new respect for the people. This area had never had a school and the village elders decided that needed to change. Having finished the eighth grade the previous summer, I was the most qualified and was assigned to be the teacher of all grades and all subjects. So I established a pioneer school which now is many buildings and hundreds of students. Thus began my love affair with teaching.
My photo (I'm the short lady at the left of the group) is with some of those first students. They have magazines and newspapers in their humble homes because I taught them to read.
I am also fluent in Cantonese, the Chinese language spoken by most of the Chinese immigrants to the West Coast of the U.S. I have taught Mandarin, the official Chinese language to children of these immigrants who already speak Cantonese but wanted to learn the more universal language.
My teaching is always full of fun so let's play together.
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