Welcome to Field Notes! Going forward, this will be our main forum for sharing information about preparing for the summer, a place for instructors and students to introduce themselves, a place to post questions about the program, and, after the program begins, a place for students and instructors to share updates, reflections and images. Along with my colleagues in our Admissions Department, I’ve spoken with many of you on the phone and corresponded with others via email. As China Program Director, I spend most of my time in our Boulder, Colorado home office, with a few trips to China every year to connect with our staff and community there. I’ll be working closely with our Kunming-based China Program Coordinator, Annie Jiao (焦娜), and our summer instructors to help all of our students get the most they can out of their time in China.
I first visited China in 1996, during my junior year at Oberlin College. The people I met and the places I visited in Yunnan Province had a major impact on my understanding of the world and of my home. After graduating with a degree in East Asian Studies, I returned to China to live and work for many years. Living in China allowed me to have a variety of jobs that I’m not sure I would have had the chance to do anywhere else, from being a guide on a Three Gorges cruise ship, to singing in several bands, working as an advertising designer, and as the host of a television show (nope, it’s not available online…I hope.) Eventually, I decided I wanted to pursue academic research in Chongqing, the city that had become my home in China. As a doctoral student in Anthropology at Stanford University, I collected hundreds of personal stories from people in Chongqing who made a living on the street (from porters and food vendors to healers and fortune tellers.) Before starting my work with Dragons at the end of 2013, I spent two years in Xi’an, running a program for American university students with a Silk Road focus. In 2013, I married a woman from Chongqing and we just celebrated a wedding in Maine last August and another in Chongqing last September. What’s the point of sharing this condensed autobiography with you? My first visit to China, and the total of about 11 years I’ve spent there subsequently, shaped my life in ways I could never have predicted. Who knows what’s in store for you?
Soon, your instructors will also introduce themselves on this board and invite you to do the same. You have an amazing team waiting to meet you. Together they bring enormous passion for education and for teaching about China, and a wealth of life experiences in China and around the world to draw upon – I feel lucky to have them as colleagues and I think you’ll come to feel very lucky to have them as teachers. Thanks so much for joining us, and get ready for an unforgettable summer!
Happy Summer of the Monkey,
p.s. The photo is of me and a very kind grandmother whose home I stayed at during a scouting trip deep in the bamboo forests of northeastern Guizhou in 2014.
Hello China Summer 2016 Students & Families, Welcome to Field Notes! Going forward, this will be our main forum for sharing information about preparing for the summer, a place for instructors and students to introduce themselves, a place to post questions about the program, and, after the program begins, a place for students and instructors […]
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Dear Summer Students,
Welcome to the Dragons community and welcome to your FieldNotes board!
With summer just around the corner, we are excited to begin the final stages of course preparation with you. Launching your course FieldNotes board marks the first step towards building your summer community, as this interface will help us bridge great geographic distances and connect you with your course instructors, your fellow Dragons students, and the Boulder Administration.
You can think of your FieldNotes board as a virtual bulletin board.
Pre-course, your instructors will use the board to introduce themselves, tack up packing lists and respond to any of your pre-course departure questions.
On course, you can use FieldNotes to share photos with your fans back home, jot down vignettes of your life abroad, or share longer reflections about your unexpected adventures on an overnight train, at a meditation retreat, at your home-stay sister’s birthday party… It’s hard to capture everything that happens over the course of a summer, or expect to share it all for the first time when you arrive home. In many ways, your FieldNotes will become a collaborative journal, curated by members of your group and enjoyed by your friends and family back home.
Post-course, your FieldNotes board turns into one big adventure log that will commemorate your group’s experiences abroad.
Admissions2,SUMMER: Bolivia, SUMMER: Jordan, SUMMER: China Language Intensive 4-Week, SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week, SUMMER: China: Search for Meaning, SUMMER: China: Yangtze River, SUMMER: Guatemala 4-Week, SUMMER: Guatemala 6-Week, SUMMER: Indonesia, SUMMER: Cambodia, SUMMER: Myanmar, SUMMER: Madagascar, SUMMER: Nepal A, SUMMER: Nepal B, SUMMER: Nicaragua, SUMMER: North India 6-Week, SUMMER: Peru 4-Week, SUMMER: Peru 6-Week, SUMMER: Rwanda, SUMMER: Thailand
Dear Summer Students, Welcome to the Dragons community and welcome to your Field Notes board! With summer just around the corner, we are excited to begin the final stages of course preparation with you. Launching your course Field Notes board marks the first step towards building your summer community, as this interface will help […]