Category Archives: Blog

  • Lecturing

    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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  • Speaking at the 2014 Scholarship Ceremony

    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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  • torches

    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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  • Kaitlin Banfill

    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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  • Qubi Lisan, Ma Erchu, Ma 
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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    In memory of Professor Lin Youren

    Posted on January 4, 2014 by in Blog

    I’m writing to thank my friend Professor Helen Rees, an ethnomusicologist at UCLA who has worked extensively in Southwest China, for her major donation in memory of Professor Lin Youren a renowned qin player who taught at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Professor Rees writes: “Lin Youren 林友仁 (1938-2013) was one of China’s finest exponents [...]

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  • Cover

    Our 10th Calendar is Here

    Posted on November 28, 2013 by in Blog

    Yesterday I went to the printer’s to pick up our 2014 Cool Mountain Education Fund Calendar. Aside from being “gorgeous,” as my wife said, it’s significant because it’s our tenth calendar. So it seems appropriate to review the history of CMEF calendars here. The idea started with CMEF board alumna Katharine Liang. Katharine was a [...]

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