Thursday, March 6, 2008

China Delegation Update --

Wednesday, March 5 –
Just a quick note:

This was the media morning - TV spent close to 2 hours covering a Chinese language lesson, interviewing kids, filming a class in Chinese folk art our kids attended. You would be proud of the kids. Someone said it was national TV - but that has not been confirmed by a reliable source.

Evenings are filling fast with invitations to dinners etc. E-mail may not be as regular - rest assured they are having a great time - no homesickness at all.

It is becoming increasingly apparent how important this exchange is for Long Cheng.

Got to go. We are off to a class in Chinese calligraphy.

Thursday, March 6 --
Long day today and it's not over yet.

Lessons in Chinese calligraphy and fung fu. TV station and press were there for both. China vs. USA in basketball begins in 10 minutes (5:30 p.m. local time) - much anticipation from everyone.

One of the biggest things to get used to is the 2.5 hour mid-day break. Everyone goes home for lunch and a rest or out to the local restaurant or to the park or eat at school. Long Cheng does not provide supervision during this time.

At dinner last night with Chinese teachers and principal I asked what is the biggest challenge facing China today. The responses ranged from protecting the environment, world peace, raising the standard of living to health care cost. Good discussion - similar to a conversation that might take place in the USA. The one thing that was not on their list was terrorism.

We informed the Chinese that they would overlap with the Finns and the Chinese are very excited about the "3 nation summit" - Buckle your seat belts; it's going to be a week we'll long remember.

Off to the game.

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