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    2015 Calendar is at the Printer’s

    Posted on November 30, 2014 by in Blog

    Our 2015 Calendar is almost ready. This year, we asked Kaitlin, who has been doing a lot of really interesting photography in Yangjuan and with Yangjuan graduates in other places, to design the calendar around her pictures. She was particularly interested in using square-format pictures that she takes with her professional 2×2 dual-lens reflex film [...]

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    The First Teacher to Graduate from Yangjuan

    Posted on October 22, 2014 by in Blog

    Ma Xiaoyang, Yangjuan graduate and elementary school teacher. I met Ma Xiaoyang for the first time on a hot summer day at his college in Guang’an. The first thing I noticed about him was that he seemed older than the other Yangjuan students there. Everyone seemed to follow his lead and he helped me carry [...]

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    Two opportunities to share our experience

    Posted on October 4, 2014 by in Blog

    On September 4th and 5th, I had the opportunity to share some lessons from our experience in Yangjuan with audiences of teachers, researchers, and students at two educational institutions in Chengdu: The College of Yi Studies at Southwest University for Nationalities or 西南民族大学, and the Institute for Multicultural Education at Sichuan Normal University, or 四川师范大学。 [...]

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    How our scholarships help

    Posted on September 23, 2014 by in Blog

    What is our scholarship money really doing? This is a very legitimate question in light of the fact that incomes are increasing in Liangshan, including the Baiwu Valley where Yangjuan and Pianshui lie, and in light of the fact that Nuosu students from other nearby places also go to college. In order to answer this [...]

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    Another successful scholarship ceremony

    Posted on September 15, 2014 by in Blog

    I’m pleased to report that we had a successful time at Yangjuan School in late August, including re-connecting with many old friends, introducing new friends to Yangjuan and to the community, and most importantly, giving out our scholarships for 2014-25. This success came about due to the diligent efforts of Professor Li Xingxing and our [...]

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    Home for Huobajie

    Posted on August 13, 2014 by in Blog

    Kaitlin reports from a recent visit to Yangjuan: I visited Yangjuan in mid-July during Huobajie or the Nuosu Torch Festival, which is one of the main holidays in the Nuosu calendar. I had a chance to catch up with many of Yangjuan’s college and high school students who were home to celebrate with their families. [...]

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  • From left: A Yi friend, Ma Xiaoyang, Steve Harrell, Li Musa, Qubi Lisan

    Three of our first graduates employed!

    Posted on July 6, 2014 by in Blog

    Our faithful readers may remember that I wrote about a visit to Guang’an in March 2012, where Yangjuan graduates Ma Xiaoyang, Qubi Lisan, and Li Musa were all studying to be teachers. Now Kaitlin reports that she talked to Xiaoyang last night, and he told her that he will be assigned to teach in an [...]

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    Back on line: change of address, new board member, and college fund coming up.

    Posted on June 29, 2014 by in Blog

    I’m sorry if we appear to have gone away, it’s been so long since we posted. We’re all busy, as I’m sure you are, too. I’ve moved, and so has CMEF: our new official address is our new home overlooking Lake Union in Seattle: 3919 Latona Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Please make a note [...]

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    Profile of a High School Student

    Posted on March 15, 2014 by in Blog

    Last summer, Kaitlin Banfill, now our newest CMEF board member, accompanied me for a week in Yangjuan.  During that time, two accomplished young women cooked for us.  One was Jiejiemo, Professor Li Xingxing’s 24-year old adopted daughter, who is now in her final year at Xichang College.  The other was Yyhxo Vuga, or He Ying, [...]

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Xiaoyang, Kaitlin Banfill, and Li Musa at Deng Xiaoping's childhood home in Guang'an

    Graduation and practice teaching

    Posted on February 22, 2014 by in Blog

    Back in June, 2012, I wrote about my first visit to Guang’an Vocational and Technical College, where three Yangjuan graduates were in their first year of three-year teacher-training programs. Kaitlin Banfill, who is spending the year in Chengdu studying the careers of our graduates, has been back to Guang’an twice in the last year, and [...]

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