Is Michael Jordan in China?

Yes, as a matter of fact, I have met Michael Jordan here at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University.  He is one of the many students in my oral English classes.  He’s not the Michael Jordan you may know, but he loves basketball and is an officer in the tennis club and English minor, so when he wanted to change his name because we had another Michael in our class, he jumped, so to speak, at the chance to be Michael Jordan.

Michael Jordan

It’s been fun getting to name students (and not be responsible for their college funds).  I usually suggest names such as Sarah, Emily, Eric, and Ben.   Many of my students come into my classes with what I consider reasonable names like Elisabeth, Catherine, Lucy, Simon, James, and Len.  My new freshmen started school three weeks ago, and again some have names that surprise me: for girls, Marshal, Nickolas (they know those are “boy” names), Trust, Carve, Since, Coffrey, Zero, and Hippo.  For boys, we have Glacier. You never know who you might meet here in China.



About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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