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Who are you, and why should I care?

You probably have sat in front of, behind, next to, or caddy corner from me in one of your many classes at Harding. I was the one with the different colored hair each month--the one who couldnít sit still in class and intimidated all of the guest speakers by making them feel like they were boring the class. Honesty isnít always a virtue.

Or you may have grown up in the same house that I did, in Irving, TX USA.

Or you might have met me at work: The Irving Gymnastics Center, The Harding University Computer Labs, the Graphic Design Studios, NEC America.

Or we began our friendship online, and eventually met, singing songs about ducks in ponds, talking about lemurs, and watching Muppet Movies.

Chances are, you either loved me, or you thought that I was an obsessive, annoying, arrogant liberal who wanted nothing more than to overthrow the world and establish a more perfect Union.

But that was why the other people liked me. Get over it.

How old are you?

I was born on October 25, 1977

Where did you grow up?

In Irving, TX, a suburb of Dallas. Home of one of the highest ranked suburban Libraries in the nation. The Dallas Cowboys are located there too.

What college did you go to?

Harding University.

Why did you go to China?

I was looking for adventure and a way to mature and experience the world. Plus, it just sounded cool, and I didnít want to have to find a real job yet.

How did you get there?

By plane. And a lot of being in the right place at the right time. A teacher at my school had done it, and she told me about her experiences in China. That stuck in the back of my mind until it was 3 weeks before graduation, and I had no clue what I was going to do when school was over. So I went and spoke to a professor at Harding about going overseas. Then, all I did was turn in a resume. The schools in China were very impressed (it was my graphic design resume, so it looked very nice), and they had a bidding war. Eventually I was placed at Hua Zhong University--the Hankou Branch, and thatís where I am today.

What is a Waiban?

A Waiban is a person who takes care of the affairs of a foreigner in China--kind of like a friend-for-hire.

Can I get stinky tofu in America?

Yes. Just drop some tofu in the toilet of a roadside rest area, and come back in 3 weeks.

Can I come to China and teach English for a year?

Of course! All you need is a college degree. Any college degree will do. They love it when you have an English, History, or Business degree. They donít care what age you are, or what sex you are. You don't have to know any Chinese, but you will wish you did once you get here. Iím not sure who you should contact, but Iíll find some addresses for you.

How much do you get paid?

On average, a foreign teacher gets paid about 2200 RMB a month. That cost is usually higher, but never lower. That may not sound like much, but I usually only spend about half of that each month. Food costs about 4RMB per meal. A CD costs 8RMB. A taxi ride across town is 12RMB. The bus is 1. 2RMB. Clothes are usually from 12RMB-190RMB. They can be much more expensive if you buy the designer European stuff. The one thing you will pay a lot for is transportation. Long distance buses, trains, and Planes cost just about as much as they do in the US. You get a one month paid vacation in the winter. And the school pays for many other things like your Apartment, utilities, paper, sometimes Taxi fare, and they always take you out for banquets and an occasional weekend getaway. Part time jobs are also a possibilty. Primary schools will want you, and you can private tutor or teach one night a week at a Business. I get 2200 RMB a month from the university, plus 1000 a month for teaching Friday mornings at a primary school, and 180 a week for teaching one night at Sandvick. Universities will pay for ALL of your airfare if you have a masters degree or many years of teaching experience. If you just a bachelors and not much experience, they will pay for your way home. Not a bad deal.

How much is a Yuan compared to a dollar?

It takes about 8 Yuan to make a dollar. A Yuan is the same thing as RMB

Do they have Eggrolls in China?

I havenít found one yet.

Are you single?

Yes. But chances are I donít like you.

Why are you so arrogant?

I only appear arrogant to people with low self esteem. Get a self help book.

Whatís your favorite Chinese food?

The eggroll. But Iím beginning to think it isnít really Chinese. I havenít found one.

What is your opinion of China joining the WTO?

Damn. Now Iíll have to buy real DVDs that cost 80Y instead of 6Y

Where is Wuhan?

Smack in the middle of the Eastern section of China, inland. It is kind of the Hub of China.

 

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