Written by Dmitry Shoutov of NYC
Published in the Beijing Review Weekly
"Two coastal cities in China and America connect through culture"
"At the beginning of the school semester, Dr. Carolyn Bloomer, who teaches Modern China at Ringling College of Art and Design, located in Sarasota, Florida, of the United States, asks students to write down what they know about the Asian country."
"Two or three lines referring to the Great Wall or local food is usually all the students can come up with. Some freshmen know more and are proud of having heard of Terra-cotta Warriors and Mao Zedong (1893-1976). However, students realize that what they know is just a grain of sand after attending the class."
"Besides teaching, Dr. Bloomer is the City Director for relations with Xiamen, a coastal city in southeast China's Fujian Province, at the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS)."
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