The other side:
In contrast to the glittering lights of Shanghai, a whole other world
exists in China. I intend to go see that world.
I’m going to a rural village in central China as part of
a teaching team. We will interact with Chinese schoolteachers during
their school vacation during October 1, a holiday known as "The founding
of the Peoples Republic". Our stated
goal is to help them improve their
own English skills so that
By going so far off the beaten path, I hope to experience the widening
social gap between rich and poor, and to see some of the steps being
taken to address it. The world has become a single interconnected society.
The Chinese central government is building roads and infrastructure,
tying together once isolated villages. The local government is working
to improve schools in the villages. A small software company is working
with the local government to bring computers, basic instruction, and
internet access to those schools. In these computer labs, the first
steps are being made to bridge the digital divide.
I know five days is hardly enough time, to teach anyone anything,
let alone a foreign language. However, in the short time we will spend
there, I suppose I will be content simply knowing that I've provided
a link from my life to theirs. This is the bridge across the gap that
connects our lives together.
The full trip - a prayer letter
modified Sept 12,2003