posted by Sarah
I don’t think that we ever specified here where we’re going to go in China. So, for all those curious cats, here’s the skinny:
We’ve accepted jobs to teach at a Shaoxing University’s Yuanpei College in Shaoxing, a small* city in Zhejiang Province. It’s about an hour away from the acclaimed city of Hangzhou, and about three hours from Shanghai. Shaoxing is known in part for its sweet rice wine, writer Lu Xun, and Communist leader Zhou Enlai.
We’ll be teaching there starting in the fall, and we’ll be teaching basic English to students. The college (Yuanpei college) is actually part of a larger system under Shaoxing University. I don’t quite understand it all, but I think it works similarly to an American university with its departments on and off campus specializing in different fields.
One fun thing that’s happening because of our going to work in China is getting Chinese names for ourselves. Luckily, I have a Chinese name that my parents, in their foresight to this moment, gave me at birth, but we get to pick something out for Joel. Here’s what we’re thinking. The first part in red is the Chinese character, the second part in black is the Pinyin pronunciation, and the third in blue is the literal translation:
哈 hā laughter 資 zī capital;wealth 教 jiāo teach 樂 lè happy
*small being a relatively loose term in China, the population is around 4 million (according to Wikipedia).