Spaced Teacher's Adventures In The Middle Cosmos

January 11, 2010

Halloween In Tijuana ??? Definitely not !!

Spacedteacher’s Adventures In The Middle Cosmos

Sister Of The Jardeen Rose

This woman is a ” Sister Of The Jardeen Rose” They are the sworn enemy of the HaNazee

Spacedteacher vs. The Committe of 17 { Local Branch} { Sub Committee On Foreign Holidays }

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Halloween In Tijuana { Definitely NOT!! }

By Spacedteacher


Dear Readersbat :


I was teaching in a small town in Central China. I was the first ” lao wai” / foreigner that this school had ever had. I was also the only ” lao wai ” at this school. The responsibilities were great. I was very excited to get involved with my students many of whom had never even seen a  ” lao wai ” before. Basically I was in a situation where there were a lot of very eager impressionable young Chinese minds to be educated. The best thing was I was given carte blanche to do it my way. I was in heaven at the thought of this opportunity. Not so much later I would come to realize that I was not in heaven at all.  I was in , I suspected , someplace in the opposite direction. My suspicions would be confirmed in due course.


As any ” lao wai ” teacher with experience will tell you the Chinese students always will tell you they want to learn about Western culture. The truth is quite to the contrary. 90 % of them have absolutely no interest in anything that is not Chinese. I’m fairly certain now after six years of experience that The Committee of 17 Sub – Committee On Education tells them to say that. The thinking is probably that they will make themselves look smart by saying that to a “lao wai “and that it will probably please the    ” lao wai ” that foreign people are interested in their cultures. In any case I was still fairly new in China so even though I was beginning to have doubts and starting to  see the big picture I took them at their word. I now know that the vast majority of Chinese students like to talk the talk but when it comes time to walk the walk they’re not interested. That you see takes effort. Emperor Wo Bu Zhi Dao strikes again as it were.

In a country of 1.5 billion people should anybody have the right to indulge a lazy nature?

Halloween was the first Western / American Holiday we encountered during the year. I was so excited about the fun I was going to have with these kids teaching them about Halloween  and partying with them. I asked all my students in all my classes if they wanted to learn about Halloween. A resounding yes was the response. I was quite pleased. I then asked them if they would like to go trick or treating and have a party. A resounding yes. I explained to them about costumes and told them to buy / make one. Now being an American with a twisted bizarre sense of humor as those of you that know me are aware of I was not happy just keeping this on campus.I wanted to involve some of the local townspeople living near the campus. We made flyers in Chinese explaining to the local people what Halloween was and what would be happening on their streets come Halloween night. They appeared to be quite interested and supportive. They were lying or to play the Devil’s Advocate maybe they were just being polite. I ended up doing a shitload of work for very little benefit for anybody concerned due to their misplaced politeness. The attitude on their part regarding that seemed to be ” tough shit lao wai.”

That's their attitude in a nutshell.

Halloween night arrived and all of my students met me at my apartment on campus. Most of them had no costume at all. A few had masks. A few had great costumes. Off we proceeded to introduce Halloween to the people living on campus. We tricked and treated. We hid behind trees and scared people. We did some simple fun tricks such as throw eggs on windows and silly string cars and what not. I was beginning to notice though that as we went further and further along my posse was greatly diminishing. I also was disappointed that they didn’t want to do anything on their own. I had to be the center of attention  to get them  to do anything. By the  time we got to the far end of campus we had about ten kids that were still with me and having fun. I was very disappointed in the other 300 but I figured what the Hell at least now I know who wants to have fun. We proceeded onward.

Picture 40 students in a class giving you that look. You need to be strong to teach in China. lol

It was time to take the celebration off campus. Off to the main street surrounding the campus we went. The Chinese merchants and family living there were very supportive and seemed to be getting into the spirit of the day.They also appeared to be highly entertained. I had noticed though that by the time we got to the end of the street we were down to three kids. I told them ok we’ll finish up this street and call it a night. We  did and I sent them home. I however was NOT finished. I wanted one good ” BOO!!! experience before I went home.


I walked into an internet bar. I think I was costumed as a

This Demon looks familiar. lol

Demon as I remember. My face was painted and I’m sure I was a fearsome sight to the Halloween rookies. I just walked in and strolled up to the head of the room. Everybody’s eyes were on me . I’m sure they didn’t know quite what to think although they seemed to be chuckling. I waited about two minutes just staring at them intently. Finally at the top of my voice I shouted Happy Halloween BOO!!! She sprang from her chair like an angry Tigress protecting her cubs. She had a broom and she wasn’t afraid to use it. Out of her internet bar she chased me swinging her broom violently and extremely accurately

It was funny but scary. A great Halloween experience.

The people on the streets were falling down laughing although they were a bit concerned for my safety. A couple of gentleman restrained her and began , judging by the way they were pointing at the flyers we had posted , explaining to her what was going on. She was PISSED!! She ceased her attack but she kept her eyes on me and her broom handy. There was no way she was letting me back in her internet bar. My mission was completed. I placed my thumbs in my ears , help up my fingers and wiggled them at her while sticking my  tongue out. The Chinese people were roaring. I went home happy that night. I had brought a little bit of Western culture to China although in not quite the way I had intended.

I played this movie a few years later for another Halloween Celebration. It constantly amazes me that these kids have never even heard of these movies. They loved it. They didn't quite know what to make of it at first though. lol

Some people have no sense of humor. The HaNazee Yellow Knights Of Ignorance And Chaos are certainly

Is there a bad moon rising over China?

amongst the foremost of those folks. How unfortunate that so many of the Chinese students are also among them. They are way too young to be this boring. To be this young and be constantly afraid of taking part in the fun things of life or of taking a chance doesn’t bode well for the future of China in my opinion.There is a sadness that afflicts the Chinese people that I guess is reflective of their history. How unfortunate it is that in this time of great economic prosperity and hope in China the Chinese people do not seem to be able or perhaps willing to overcome this sadness.Emperor Wo Bu Zhi Dao still has them in his grip it would appear. Let’s all pray that The Sisters And Brothers Of The Jardeen Rose And Jasmine will eventually defeat Emperor Wo Bu Zhi Dao and his Yellow Knights bringing freedom to the Jardeen people A.K.A. the righteous Chinese.

By the Grace of Li Tan

“The Adventures Of Spacedteacher In The Middle Cosmos { China }” are a collection of short stories based upon my actual experiences.They are written from the point of view of an American ” lao wai” { foreigner}. As is the case with all of humanity’s gardens there are flowers AND weeds.The Chinese garden is no different in that regard , they have flowers in the form of the Jardeen Roses and Jasmine and crabgrass in the form of the HaNazees. I try to weed the crabgrass while focusing on and accentuating the Jardeen Rose and Jasmine .
I have taken only the barest minimum of poetic license in an effort to make these stories more enjoyable to read for you. Trust me when I tell you it happened 99 % exactly as I tell it. All names have been fictionalized to protect the guilty from legal action be that civil or criminal and to protect the innocent from the guilty and most importantly to protect the author , yours truly , from the crabgrass in the Chinese garden. Those HaNazee can be vicious bastards!! lol
The HaNazee are well known for having an aversion to the spelling and grammar challenged among us. These guys are in the employ of the HaNazee.
All characters , plot lines , fictional places , and anything else even remotely associated with these stories is the intellectual property of Spacedteacher D.B.A. Bea Wildered Enterprises and may not be used without the express written consent of the aforementioned Spaced one or Bea herself.


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January 3, 2010

Time In A Bottle

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Sister Of The Jardeen Rose

This woman is a ” Sister Of The Jardeen Rose” They are the sworn enemy of the HaNazee


Time In A Bottle

By Spacedteacher

As a teacher in China this is my favorite time of year. It’s the time of year when I get to torture my Chinese students with all the stupidity , laziness , arrogance and lack of self respect they have displayed all semester. It’s final grades time. PAYBACK IS A BITCH!! LOL

Today I was going over my final grades with the student monitor of a particular class. The problem with this is that the university administration gives us the grading sheets in Chinese which none of us can read. This effectively means that we require a student to help us transpose the grades from English into the correct space on the grade sheet. The students knowing that we can’t read Chinese always try to cheat the system.I had told my students four weeks before the final exam to NOT be absent for ANY of the classes for the last four weeks.I do not ever tell them exactly when the finals will be exactly for this reason.Some will always be absent and beg and piss and moan for another chance. I also warned them that I would be leaving as soon as the semester was over so they’d need to make arrangements quickly if they did choose to be absent despite my warnings. As usual these warnings fell on many deaf  ears and we had a few that chose to be absent. While I and the student were transposing the grades today I caught her trying to add the name of  one of the boys that was absent and a grade for him. I informed her that while it was true that I was born at night I was not born last night. This was a complete tin roof to her. { Over her head}  I also informed her that I publish all the student’s marks on my website so if there were any discrepancies she could deal with it.Let’s just say that she was not successful in her cheating efforts this time.This whole affair made me reflect upon my first year teaching in China.

I was teaching at a university in Central China and  was a total rookie with a very romantic view of the poor mistreated Chinese. It wouldn’t take long for reality to set in.

I had made friends with an American lady teacher a few years younger than me. She thought that since her Chinese students were perpetually asking her about culture and American Holidays and that since it was close to Valentines Day she would assign a Valentine’s Day homework project. I’ll digress a bit. It’s always a huge mistake to believe the Chinese students when they tell you they want to learn about culture.They couldn’t be less interested in any culture other than their own if the truth be known. I don’t know the exact reason for this although I suspect that The Committee Of 17 Sub-Committee On Education tells them to ask the lao wai / foreigners about this because it makes them sound smart and sophisticated. It never occurs to them that they should ” talk the talk  AND walk the walk!!” In other words it never occurs to them that some lao wai / foreigner might actually be interested in speaking with them or teaching them about Western culture. When it happens it  is a definite Chinese mind fuck. That was the case here. This teacher also being innocent and interested in their wishes took them at their word and assigned them a project with Valentine’s Day as  the topic. BIG mistake!! LoL   Her assignment was to write something ORIGINAL to their  Valentine, either real or imagined ,such as a love song , poem , sonnet or short story. She gave them two weeks to do the assignment.

Three weeks had passed and one evening she knocked  on my door and asked me if I could come to her apartment to help her with something. Off we went to her place. She served me the obligatory cup of coffee and we got down to business. She was troubled by something one of her students had written for his assignment. I asked her why. Her reply was twofold. Firstly she was strongly suspicious that it was not original writing by the student. One look at what he’d written and I was able to confirm that for her. Secondly she was troubled that although she was sure she knew what this song was and indeed had heard it before she still couldn’t quite put her finger on it. I was able to quickly help her with this also. Below is what the student wrote. lol I’m very certain all of you that have attained a certain amount of chronological stature will know this one. I at least give the kid credit for having good musical taste. lol

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
Till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That youre the one I want to go
Through time with

When confronted with the evidence this Chinese student said one of the stock answers that they all will say in this situation. Bu ming bai { I didn’t understand } Ting bu dong. { I didn’t hear clearly } “Well in China —-blah blah blah” or my personal favorite and said with a very indignant tone.lol ” But THIS is China. ” Would you now like to consider anew how much money Western companies lose in intellectual property theft every year? Was it really a wise idea to let them into W.T.O. without enforcement laws that have teeth?

I’m  continually amazed that the Chinese students will put all this creative energy and effort into cheating. It would be far more productive for all concerned if they would  do the work honestly. If they would just simply adjust their attitudes a slight bit they might find that those degrees they earn from the Chinese version of Podunk U. ,which 95 % of Chinese universities are , their degrees might actually be worth something more than the paper they’re written on.It’s really sad that it’s this way because these kids are definitely not stupid. 95 % of them are however lazy , undisciplined , uncommitted and uninterested students. They are at university to play not work.This fact tremendously hampers the worthy students and in my opinion that fact hinders China’s development.

Be advised that 95 % of ALL mainland Chinese will cheat ALWAYS in EVERY situation be they academic , social, business or sports. They are also vindictive beyond belief but that is a story for another time.

Forewarned is forearmed.

DO NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE!!!

Do we need a better case in point to support my assertions?

“The Adventures Of Spacedteacher In The Middle Cosmos { China }” are a collection of short stories based upon my actual experiences.They are written from the point of view of an American ” lao wai” { foreigner}. As is the case with all of humanity’s gardens there are flowers AND weeds.The Chinese garden is no different in that regard , they have flowers in the form of the Jardeen Roses and Jasmine and crabgrass in the form of the HaNazees. I try to weed the crabgrass while focusing on and accentuating the Jardeen Rose and Jasmine .
I have taken only the barest minimum of poetic license in an effort to make these stories more enjoyable to read for you. Trust me when I tell you it happened 99 % exactly as I tell it. All names have been fictionalized to protect the guilty from legal action be that civil or criminal and to protect the innocent from the guilty and most importantly to protect the author , yours truly , from the crabgrass in the Chinese garden. Those HaNazee can be vicious bastards!! lol
The HaNazee are well known for having an aversion to the spelling and grammar challenged among us. These guys are in the employ of the HaNazee.
All characters , plot lines , fictional places , and anything else even remotely associated with these stories is the intellectual property of Spacedteacher D.B.A. Bea Wildered Enterprises and may not be used without the express written consent of the aforementioned Spaced one or Bea herself.

There Are None So Bland As Those That Will Not Be

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Sister Of The Jardeen Rose

This woman is a ” Sister Of The Jardeen Rose” They are the sworn enemy of the HaNazee


There Are None So Bland As Those That Will Not Be

By Spacedteacher

My first year in China I was working at a university near the Provincial Capital of a Central Chinese Province. This university was famous for  having the most foreign teachers of any university in China. To the best of my knowledge that is still true. They were also famous for being the lowest paid university  for foreigners in China. I did not know that at the time. I knew little of China of any substantive practical use.The vast majority of these teachers were Americans from all over the country.

Of the 95 teachers probably 80 were American. We also had teachers from Japan , S. Korea , Germany , England , Ireland , South Africa and France. It was a very interesting faculty.

Every year this university would have their Culture Day Festivities in Oct. The purpose of Culture Day was to expose these students most of whom were from the countryside and many of whom had never even seen a foreigner before to the various cultures of the countries of the faculty’s origins. There was going to be food , music  , dance , art , fashion , movies and virtually all aspects of the various cultures concerned. Also as Americans since we were the vast majority we were to also present our individual state’s cultures. Although I was chronologically advanced I was by Chinese experience standards very young. I actually thought this would be great fun and was looking forward to it. I couldn’t understand why some of the more experienced teachers were dreading it. After about a month of preparation Culture Day had arrived.

My personal assignment was to be one of The Clanton Gang in a re-enactment of The Shootout At The O.K. Corral. This university had a section of the campus that was designed to look like a European , probably Southern Italian  , city square. That is where the re-enactment took place. The first performance took place in the afternoon just as classes let out and the students were walking back to their dorms. None of the students knew what we were going to do. Picture twelve ” cowboys ” walking around a Chinese university campus made to look like an Italian town square. Needless to say these Chinese students were a bit confused. LoL The guns we were wearing in particular caught their attention. They didn’t know quite what to think. All of a sudden the guns started firing , the cowboys were screaming at each other people were ” dying ” in the street. All activity in that square came to a screeching halt. Abject looks of horror and terror and more than a bit of fright were etched on these students faces. After about five minutes when ” The Gunfight At The O.K. Corral ” was over all the ” dead ” cowboys rose and we all took a bow. It took a minute but the students finally realized what they had seen. We got a standing ovation.

O.K. Corral

That evening I went to see some of the other exhibits. I saw a demo of Western Swing Dancing by two very talented young people from the West of America. I saw a very nice photo exhibit of Tokyo architecture. I ate some Korean food. It was a very enjoyable evening. All the faculty had done a first rate job putting together a classy week for these kids.

swingdancing

The next morning in class I asked my students if they had seen ” The Shootout At The O.K. Corral “. Much to my amazement not a single one had. I asked if any of them had seen any of the other exhibits. Again to my amazement not a single one had bothered to see any exhibit. I was a bit pissed considering all the FREE time and effort we had put in to make this exciting for these kids but I figured since it was the first night of seven and maybe they were tired or had other plans I’d let it go. I went out that evening and saw more of the exhibits and had another wonderful time. I also kept an eye out for my students. Not a one anywhere I went.

Arrogant

I went in the next morning and asked them again if any of them had seen any of the exhibits. Again not a one. I was getting pissed. Why I asked? We are not interested they answered in unison. My tone changed dramatically as I instructed them why they needed to participate in Culture Day and how much fun they’d have. I also explained to them why it was rude on their part not to take advantage of this opportunity considering all the free time and effort their teachers had put in to make sure they had fun and learned something.. I told them I expected to start seeing them every night for the rest of the festival. Again that night I saw none of them. Again they just didn’t bother. I went to class the third day and informed them that it was now their homework assignment to go see one exhibit of their choosing every night for the rest of the festival and be prepared to speak about it in English in class. Begrudgingly about 10 % complied. The rest ignored me as usual. The rest failed the class miserably as they so richly deserved.

Dummies

I was very pissed about their lack of courtesy and arrogance and let it be known to all concerned , them , the Administration , and my colleagues. One of the more senior of my colleagues took me aside one day and explained to me that the reason they wouldn’t participate was because they were afraid. I thought that assessment was bullshit then and I think so now.

Fast forward 4 years. I am now at a private school in the N.E. of China a whole lot smarter about China and Chinese culture. Being ever the optimist I figured I would at least give them the chance to be exposed to American culture. Again the same reaction. I had university level students ranging in age from 16  to 28 tell me with a straight face that they were not interested in going to  horseback riding , boating , hiking , bowling  or having a pic nic because they were afraid. Those things are dangerous was the general theme. Being older and wiser and having run into this phenomenon everywhere I had been in China I ignored my impulses to do anything of a fun or cultural nature with 95% of all my students from that point on.

Friends if you ever do decide to come to China and teach be prepared to hear the following from your students ” We want to learn about culture.” Do not fall for it. They do not want to learn about culture. The HaNazees in charge of the education system in China have taught them to say that. The reasoning is that it makes them look sophisticated and intelligent in front of the lao wai / foreigners. It never occurs to them that you must talk the talk and walk the walk. It doesn’t take the lao wai / foreigners long to figure out that they have no interest in walking the walk.

FromLibertytoTyrannyforDummies

You will be told that the reason they don’t participate in cultural things is that they are afraid. Do not fall for this either. The real reason is based in arrogance , stubbornness and laziness. If it’s not Chinese culture they are not interested. If it requires a bit of work and participation on their part they are also not interested.

I find it very sad that in this day and age when China is opening up to the world the vast majority of Chinese students choose to beat themselves both culturally and academically before they even play the game. Sad indeed.

I can tell you based upon vast personal experience that Chinese university students are the most boring people on the face of the planet. Avoid socializing with them at all costs if you want to keep your sanity.


marilyn

“The Adventures Of Spacedteacher In The Middle Cosmos { China }” are a collection of short stories based upon my actual experiences.They are written from the point of view of an American ” lao wai” { foreigner}. As is the case with all of humanity’s gardens there are flowers AND weeds.The Chinese garden is no different in that regard , they have flowers in the form of the Jardeen Roses and Jasmine and crabgrass in the form of the HaNazees. I try to weed the crabgrass while focusing on and accentuating the Jardeen Rose and Jasmine .
I have taken only the barest minimum of poetic license in an effort to make these stories more enjoyable to read for you. Trust me when I tell you it happened 99 % exactly as I tell it. All names have been fictionalized to protect the guilty from legal action be that civil or criminal and to protect the innocent from the guilty and most importantly to protect the author , yours truly , from the crabgrass in the Chinese garden. Those HaNazee can be vicious bastards!! lol
The HaNazee are well known for having an aversion to the spelling and grammar challenged among us. These guys are in the employ of the HaNazee.
All characters , plot lines , fictional places , and anything else even remotely associated with these stories is the intellectual property of Spacedteacher D.B.A. Bea Wildered Enterprises and may not be used without the express written consent of the aforementioned Spaced one or Bea herself.

January 1, 2010

The W.T.O. Comes To China

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Jardeen Rose

This Lady is a ” Sister Of The Jardeen Rose “

The ” Sisters Of The Jardeen Rose ” are the sworn enemies of the HaNazees.

Dear Readers :

Today I’m going to discus ” The W.T.O. Comes To China “. In order for you to fully appreciate the humor in this story a little background information regarding the Chinese educational system is in order.

The focus of the Chinese educational system is rote learning. In order for Chinese students to be admitted into a university they must be able to pass the national standardized entrance exam. To pass this exam you must be able to answer a certain number of questions correctly. The correct answer is the ONLY thing that matters. Why it’s the correct answer or how something came to be the way it is are unimportant considerations. In short creative thought , deductive reasoning and critical / analytical thinking are discouraged. As a matter of fact they are punished. ” Thinking outside the box” will get you into some serious trouble. This raises seven kinds of Hell for lao wai / foreign teachers because we teach exactly the opposite way. It also sells the Chinese students very short in my opinion. Talk about the soft discrimination of lowered expectations!! If a lao wai / foreign teacher has 30 – 35 students in his class which is not unusual at my university or in my experience throughout China he will have 2-3 that will participate fully and maybe another 2-3 that will participate irregularly. The rest of them contribute NOTHING to the class. Couple this with the fact that unlike ANYWHERE else in the world Chinese students believe that when they come to university the hard work is over so it’s time to PLAY and  that attitude on their part makes it very difficult for the lao wai / foreign teachers to teach them anything. Also for the first time in their lives they are away from their parents who rode them constantly all their lives to study. They have a taste of freedom FINALLY and they like it. Nobody has ever told them that freedom comes with responsibility UNTIL they meet their first principled foreign teacher. Conflict is the order of the day until they decide to accept that English is OUR language and Western culture is OUR culture and we know how to teach it.

The Chinese educational system does not provide an education at all. They provide indoctrination. It’s the way the system controls the people.

Education - Dumb Little Fuckers

My third year in China I taught at a school in a small Chinese city in S.W. China. I didn’t know it at the time but this school was in the worst category of schools in China. These schools were where you went if you couldn’t get in anyplace else. Usually the reason these kids can’t get in anywhere else is because they are not bright enough so they just go learn a skill somewhere so that they can get a not too demanding job. Sometimes though they are bright but lazy . unmotivated , uncommitted and undisciplined. Those qualities are prevalent in Chinese students throughout China. I would estimate that 80% of them are like that. There were some late bloomers also though. I had four of them from this school. In this school there were 15 ,000 students . Of that 15,000 the government let only 15 continue their education. Of those 15 4 were my students. They were the ” late bloomers “.

It was final exam time. For their assignment they were to speak about any topic of their choosing for two minutes in English in class. I was really dreading having to listen to 45 of these ” speeches ” because by now I knew what to expect. I made them tell me their topic choice in advance and gave them two weeks to prepare. The topics were pretty much what I expected except for one young lady’s. Her topic was ” The W.T.O. Comes to China” . Well a ray of light in this Chinese educational abyss. I was excited to hear what she had to say.

The day of the final exam I chose to have her go last. At least I would have something to look forward to. None of the other students disappointed me. They gave me exactly what I expected. Zero effort and zero participation. Finally it was time for her speech. She stood up and with the confidence and expertise of the accomplished public speaker began her speech. She was discussing why sanitation was so bad in China and what could be done about it. What the hell does this have to do with the W.T.O. coming to China I was thinking? I was tempted to interrupt her speech and ask her. She was doing so well though that I decided to let her continue.

When she got to the part of her speech about how to solve the sanitation problem in China everything became clear to me.It seems that the W.T.O. was indeed coming to China that year to advise the Chinese on that problem. The World Toilet Organization !! LOL

Wow!!! Talent , charm and humor. I was very impressed. Talk about thinking outside the box!!! LoL

I gave her the highest mark of any of my classes. She was one of the ” late bloomers.” Quite  a success story too I might add. She has gone on to do quite well in her life.

I often wonder why if this young woman could overcome all the obstacles put in her way by the system why the HELL couldn’t more of them do the same?

For those of you with an unrealistic overly romantic view of China I have some sage advice from a lao wai / foreign teacher with a great deal of experience.

Education -- Don't believe everything you think

By Spacedteacherrainbow

“The Adventures Of Spacedteacher In The Middle Cosmos { China }” are a collection of short stories based upon my actual experiences.They are written from the point of view of an American ” lao wai” { foreigner}. As is the case with all of humanity’s gardens there are flowers AND weeds.The Chinese garden is no different in that regard , they have flowers in the form of the Jardeen Roses and Jasmine and crabgrass in the form of the HaNazees. I try to weed the crabgrass while focusing on and accentuating the Jardeen Rose and Jasmine .

I have taken only the barest minimum of poetic license in an effort to make these stories more enjoyable to read for you. Trust me when I tell you it happened 99 % exactly as I tell it. All names have been fictionalized to protect the guilty from legal action be that civil or criminal and to protect the innocent from the guilty and most importantly to protect the author , yours truly , from the crabgrass in the Chinese garden. Those HaNazee can be vicious bastards!! lol

The HaNazee are well known for having an aversion to the spelling and grammar challenged among us. These guys are in the employ of the HaNazee.

All characters , plot lines , fictional places , and anything else even remotely associated with these stories is the intellectual property of Spacedteacher D.B.A. Bea Wildered Enterprises and may not be used without the express written consent of the aforementioned Spaced one or Bea herself.

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