Category Archives: Blog

  • News Release: Cool Mountain Education Fund Receives Grant to Fund Scholarships in China

    Posted on December 16, 2015 by in Blog

    The Journey Charitable Foundation of Houston, Texas has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Cool Mountain Education Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The grant will provide scholarships for female Nuosu ethnic minority graduates of the rural Yangjuan Primary School in Yanyuan County, Sichuan, China to attend high school and college. Many [...]

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    Calendars are Here!

    Posted on December 10, 2015 by in Blog

    This is just a quick note to let our subscribers know that the 2016 calendars are here. As before, please Order it here, or send email to Steve Tami Geoff (especially if you’re in the UK or on the continent), Rachel, Sara,Eddie (if you’re in East Asia), Lauren, or the calendar photographer and designer, Kaitlin. [...]

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    We have beautiful new Neo-Nuosu jewelry

    Posted on November 28, 2015 by in Blog

    Nuosu people love jewelry.  Young women adorned in silver display not only their youth and beauty but their family’s wealth. Older women are more modest in their display, but still sport a pair of silver earrings, a ring or two, and a silver collar.  Men customarily wore a silver earring in the left ear, as [...]

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    2016 Calendars are on the way

    Posted on November 27, 2015 by in Blog

    We’re delighted to report that our 2016 Cool Mountain Education Fund calendars are at the printers, and should be here by December 7 at the latest. Calendars are still only $20, plus $5 shipping for an order of any size, or you can pick it up from a board member for free. Order it here! [...]

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    Success!

    Posted on October 2, 2015 by in Blog

      Thanks to the generosity of many of our donors (listed below), we have met our goal of raising enough funds to provide seven more college scholarships and nine more high school scholarships to students whose names were unavailable to us when we carried out our last scholarship ceremony  in late August. Our new board [...]

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  • Ma Jingui speaking at the scholarship ceremony.  Photo by Aga Rehamo.

    Successful Scholarships and an Appeal

    Posted on September 18, 2015 by in Blog

    On August 22, we arrived in Yangjuan for our latest yearly visit: Our newest board member, He Wenhai; Nuosu education researcher Aga Rehamo, who will be spending the next two years at UW; old friends Tom Hinckley, Sara Jo Viraldo, Keala Hagmann, and I.  We came in the wake of a flood that devastated Apiladda [...]

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  • He Ying and her Cousin Li Vuzhi in front of the Yanyuan Nationalities Middle School

    Going to a good school

    Posted on June 6, 2015 by in Blog

    My Nuosu colleague Aga Rehamo (now a professor at Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu) and I wrote an article about the changing ways Nuosu people are adapting to education, as many parents’ goal for their has risen from “going to school” to “going to a good school,” which at the high school level means going [...]

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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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  • Ma Xiaoyang with his students in Leibo

    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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