Unworthy Welcome – Continued

Last week I began to tell you about the ceremony that became so much more than we expected. This is the rest of the story. After our amazing greeting, we were ushered into a building where we met with some local government officials and school administrators.  A TV...

Gunagqi Park

There is a lovely park in the middle of downtown Shanghai called Guangqi Park.  Guangqi Xu was a famous scholar, and he was born to a poor farming family in Shanghai in 1562.  His father was somehow able to pay for his son to go to school, and at the age of 19,...

Unworthy Welcome

In my books, Lessons From China and Unseen Tears, I talk about a tragic event.  When I was teaching at a university in China, there was a fire in an unregistered fireworks factory in a rural area slightly over an hour’s drive from the campus.  Unfortunately several...

The First Group of Orphans

If you read my books, Lessons From China and Unseen Tears, you will hear me tell about a truly tragic event.  While I was teaching at a university in China, there was a fire in an illegal fireworks factory in a rural area a little over an hour’s drive from the...

Shanghai Jiaotong University – Library

On the campus of the Shanghai Jiaotong University is a library to honor a scholar named Tsung-Dao Lee. Actually, he was much more than a scholar, as you will see. He left China and enrolled at the University of Chicago. In 1950 he received his PhD at 24 years of age....

Shanghai Jiaotong University

On a recent trip to Shanghai, I was given a tour of Shanghai Jiaotong University. This university is renowned as being one of China’s oldest, most prestigious, and selective universities. It was founded in 1896 and currently has over 42,000 students, 1,598 of them are...