Sunday, March 31, 2013

Home from China, part 2

In Dalian we were escorted to the Museum by Scott Macintosh, Assistant Public Affairs Officer, and Li Zhuo, Cultural Assistant, from the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang; our interpreter was Ms. Teng Chaonan (Nancy) from the Museum staff. They took part in the ribbon cutting and setting up all the groups for talks.
Scott Macintosh and Li Zhuo
The next lecture was for 16-18-year-old students at the Bainian Vocational School, a school for children of migrant workers. Our concept of migrant workers is of people who follow the crops for work. In China, the rural people are called migrant; if they need a job and come to the city, their children are not eligible for school because they are not registered in the city. This school is a free school established as a two-year boarding school to prepare the young people with a trade so they can earn a living.
My emphasis in this talk was on creativity and originality, entitled Finding My Way, Following My Dream. The students were extremely interested and asked many questions.

The students were constantly reminded of ways toward a good life by the signs posted along the hallways, in English and Mandarin:

I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.

Knowledge makes humble, ignorance makes proud.
Action speak louder than words.

A thousand-li journey starts by taking the first step.

Do one thing at a time, and do well.


Anonymous said...

Martha, enjoying your posts on China trip. Cannot wait to hear more!
Shirley Wiltshire

Martha Ginn said...

Thanks, Shirley. . . I definitely want to share more with my quilting buddies back home. I'm still working through pictures. Hope to see you at Children's Quilts tomorrow!