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About Annie

A native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Annie Lin joins the Teaching Fellowship with experience as a tutor and as a music teacher. She was a reading tutor for the Yale Reading Corps at Wexler Grant Community School, and a member of the Yale Concert Band, Yale Precision Marching Band, and Ezra Stiles Wind Ensemble. Annie has also worked as an assistant marketing coordinator and event coordinator for the Performing Arts Center at California Polytechnic University and as a development assistant for the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Annie has taught piano lessons, directed music for plays, and played in pit orchestras for musical theater. After her two years in China, Annie hopes to pursue a career in arts administration or non-profits based on her passion for music.

Meet Frank…

Name: Frank 刘和兴 Age: 17 Major: Science Students in Class 5: 61 Students in Gao 2: about 700 Hometown: Xiuning, Anhui Province What does your father do for a living? He chauffeurs for a brewery company (休宁啤酒厂—迎客松) in Xiuning. What … Continue reading

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“Robin Hood” Comes to Xiuzhong!

Xiuzhong had its 4th annual English musical this past weekend at the Haiyang Theater, a traditional Huizhou Opera (徽剧) house with wooden pillars and balconies surrounding the main seating area; the theater is rather small, compared to a Broadway theater, … Continue reading

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Traveling in Hangzhou

Hangzhou is conveniently only a 2.5-hour bus ride from Xiuning. While it is crowded with international travelers and Chinese tourists alike, Hangzhou is still a fun getaway destination for the Xiuning fellows. Last week, Doug and I went to Hangzhou … Continue reading

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Ultimate Frisbee at Xiuzhong

Xiuzhong students are experts at how to play four sports: basketball, ping-pong, badminton, and basic track events. When one teaches them a new sport, it is crucial to keep this in mind! Two weeks ago, I taught my classes Ultimate … Continue reading

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Teaching Three-Part Harmony

Teaching three-part harmony in China is like teaching three-part harmony in America—it’s difficult! Here at Xiuning Middle School (Xiuzhong for short), the only music the students produce is either in the shower or in their weekly “arts” class (and these … Continue reading

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