We finally arrive in Shanghai! The waiting rooms have little playgrounds for the kids -- what a great idea! Teachers, can you imagine teaching those characters to first graders? It's tough enough to teach them to read with just 26 letters -- I can't imagine what it's like with over 3,500 characters!
We were in China with a group of 75 people, most of them representing Dixie State College. Raging Red is an amazing performing group at Dixie, directed by Merrilee Webb. Dixie has a sister city and university in China, and so Raging Red went to China as a performing / recruiting tour. We had the President of Dixie and his wife, several faculty members, and 30 performers traveling together, and then several other people not affiliated with Dixie -- like Aubrey and I. What an amazing opportunity! When something like this comes along, don't pass it up!