isn't on the
map above (because it is too big!), but this beautiful state is north-west of
Washington. (Left) The graphic shows how big Alaska is, compared to the
"continental United States." Though it is the biggest state, it has one of
the smallest populations. In total area, the US is a little smaller than
China (which is third in size, after Russia and Canada--both of which have
large "frozen" sections, like Alaska!).
Frequently Asked Questions
look at the
bottom of this page.
The USA is a big place so it is impossible to present a
clear introduction on a few web pages. For example, students ask us what
the weather is like in the USA. I usually say, "It's like China--depending
on where you live you could swim at the beach, ski in the snow, enjoy a
cool green forest or bake in the desert, sometimes ALL ON THE SAME DAY!"
At the top of this page, you will find links to some
pages with photos we think our students would like to see. We call both
Carolina "home"; Vivian and Andrew always lived in South
moving to China, but Michael grew up in Ohio (where we lived in 2010-11,
and where Andrew now goes to college), and Michael has also lived and worked in many states (primarily
Pennsylvania and South Carolina).
Michael and Vivian met (and married--1989) in a church in South Carolina,
where they lived until 2000. Their married
daughter still lives there.
The following art-map shows some of America's famous places (or things
associated with certain places).
here for a more detailed map; when you get
there, put your mouse over any state to see the state's name (from
Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the underlined items below to find the answers to some
questions people often ask us.
What part of the USA are you from? Ohio
and South Carolina--see the text above for
What is Michael's academic background? Michael's Bachelor's
Degree is from Eastern College in
Pennsylvania (major: Sociology; minor: Social Work); his Master's
Degree is from Columbia International
University (majors: Teaching English as a Foreign Language and
Intercultural Studies); he has also studied Chinese full time for three
years (at Xiamen University and in
How long have you been in China?
What parts of China have you visited?
What do you think of China?
What is your hobby? When we are not busy teaching/grading/working,
Michael likes to work on this website and play the
guitar; Vivian likes to create
Andrew (who is now in college) likes to do
"photo/graphic" things on his computer and play computer games; we all
like family movies; Beth is busy taking care of
How many people are in your family?
Why isn't your daughter in as many
photos as your son?
Why did you come to teach in China?
What did you do in the US before you came to China? Vivian worked
for 28 years for the City of Columbia, in
various administrative positions including her final role as the City
Clerk. Michael did a number of things, including managing a camera
store, working as a reference librarian, working with international
students attending several universities, helping to organize the annual
Columbia International Festival, serving as
education director at COC in Columbia, and (after finishing his MA)
teaching English to international students. In 2011, Michael taught
international students at the University of Akron
(where Andrew is now studying).
Why did you create this website?
(see the bottom of our home page)
Why did you leave China in July 2010?
The main reason was so that Andrew could finish high school (2010-2011
school year) in the USA, and thus qualify for in-state (discount)
tuition in college. We also decided that he needed to spend a year in a good American high school,
to prepare him for the challenges of college in the USA. He
attended the same high school that Michael graduated from, and it is a
very good high school! (We also wanted to be in the US
in December when our first grandchild was born!)
Why do you go to church every week? Chinese students often ask
this because they think "church" is like going to a Chinese temple, but
these are very different! People often go to a temple to ask a
god for something (like good luck in an opportunity or a special
blessing), to show their devotion to a god or ancestor, or due to
tradition. While Christians can ask for help or blessings
anytime/anywhere, Christians go to church to be encouraged (by the
weekly speaker and words from the Bible), to sing in worship with
others, and to see their "family"--which is to say, that the people at
church are often in close relationships with each other. We are not
trying to impress God; in fact, we go because we are so impressed BY
God! We want to express our love and thanks to Him and to our "brothers
and sisters" who also love Him. Maybe that is why people say that
Christianity is not so much a "religion" as it is a "relationship" with
God and those who love Jesus, God's Son.
Why don't you add background music and movies to your website?
Posting movies on a web site not only takes a huge amount of space, it
is generally illegal! We try very hard to honor intellectual property rights on
this site (see our "use policy"), so the materials have either been created/adapted by us or
posted for "fair use" educational purposes (hopefully, with
the author's or source's name shown). While we
could add background music--some is specially made for website
usage--any music worth listening to would use too much of our "on-line space"
that we prefer to use for original materials. However, you can link to some of our favorite radio stations on
the links page.
Do you have a different question?
Click in the boxes below to go to some of our most popular pages. If
you get lost, just click "Home."
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