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Keep Working & Studying in the US --Shirley's America Travel Diary 148 & 596th Friendly Greeting - Feb 9, 2020

Hi,Dear Friends

How are you?

This is a special time in my motherland – China right now. 

As a Chinese student who will have to work on the last job -- Thesis Oral Defense in the school, I am waiting for the schedule from my tutor, because all students shouldn’t go back school and Beijing until getting the notices of schools. 

As a Chinese traveler in the US, I have been informed to call or write to the Chinese embassy or any consulate to tell them whether I need help for going back China since there are few airplanes between China and US at this time. 

Anyway, since my teaching work in the 4th school has not been finished yet, I will not be able to go back to China soon. 

So, now, in the USA, I am doing 4 things usually: 

1. To check the situation of China every day and call my family members in Australia and in China...

2. To teach in the local school as a Guest Chinese Art Teacher as our plan that was made last year. To be honest, on the first day I went into the classroom and heard several coughs, really there was a little bit scared in my heart, however, I told myself, since I was a teacher now, I must perform my obligations. Therefore, I tried to do my best to tutor every student one by one in each lesson...

Once more, I found an interesting phenomenon: the students of 4th grade are the ones who paint their Chinese Xieyi painting with the best imaginations and the students of 7th grade are the ones who recited and sung Chinese poems best... :- ) 

3. To learn English at an American collage face to face as soon as I have time, even though sometimes, I had to walk for 58 minutes from my home to the school in the rains; meanwhile, no matter how busy I am, I have been keeping studying English online in a Chinese English School each day and have gotten their scholarship 100%. I mean that they have refunded whole of the tuition that I paid 6 months ago for my study result. With this scholarship, I have entered the next 6 month- study already. 

4. To improve my paper and prepare for the thesis oral defense in the near future. During the working on it, there are 2 strong feelings: 

--- The more I study, the more I believe that the root of the art theory study is in fact the philosophy studying. The earliest and the greatest art theorists are in fast philosophers, the later art theories were in fact following those earliest philosophies. 

Therefore, more and more, I am interested in reading Chinese ancient philosophy works. 
--- During the studying and “communications” with these greatest philosophers of China, Confucius, Lao-tzu, Zhuang Zhou … and their theories, my heart is getting more broad-minded and enjoying seeing things, people and this world from different angles with a more tolerant, positive and optimistic attitude. More and more, I am interested in the study itself and the good feeling that the study has brought me, instead of the degree of MFA… 

So, I am working hard and hope my paper would be passed, in case it could not be passed once more, I would not cry... :- ) 

How about you? Do you have anything special to share? 

Photo Notes: No.1 is the art teacher of St.Joseph Catholic Academy and my work partner -- Mrs. Diana Morgan and I. 



Sincerely, I am just a student on Arts of Painting, Music, English and Management,and work on the web site in my free time. I would really like to do something with what I have learned, to make this little web site to be a little Electronic Bridge of Cross -cultural and Comprehensive Art Study and Chinese Language Learning, to help the others while to improve myself. 

I would like to appreciate you for your good understanding, directions, supports and help. 

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, you are welcome to write or leave your message on Message Board

Shirley Yiping Zhang

Feb 9, 2020(American Time)


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