AAUW Goes to China — Join Us in October!July 16, 2012
Excitement and anticipation are growing as we get closer to the upcoming AAUW delegation to China. In October, the delegation, which includes AAUW members, donors, and supporters, will be visiting three cities in China — Beijing, Xi’an, and Kunming.
We were so pleased to learn recently that the delegation will be able to meet up with a distinguished AAUW alumna while they’re in China. Huiyuan Chen, a resident of Kunming, was awarded an International Fellowship in 1992. But the AAUW connection goes even further. While she completed her master’s degree at the University of Rochester School of Education, Chen resided with Bettie Lindley, past president of the AAUW Greater Rochester Area (NY) Branch.
After returning home to China, Chen entered a doctoral program at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, where she continued her work in education and applied linguistics and subsequently earned a full professorship in 1999. Since then, Chen has taught at several universities in Yunnan province and has also been very active in various academic organizations, including the China English Language Education Association. Chen has made significant contributions to the field of applied linguistics in China — she has published nearly 30 papers and completed four provincial and national projects.
We are delighted that Chen will be able to take time out from her busy schedule to meet with the AAUW delegation when they visit Kunming. “I am really excited to learn that AAUW is planning a trip to Kunming,” she says. “There is no doubt that it is AAUW that has helped to make a big difference in my life and in my academic career. I will always be grateful for that. I am now eagerly looking forward to seeing the visiting group in Kunming.”
It is not too late for you to join AAUW for this unforgettable experience! The delegation, which will take place October 9–18, will focus on the role of women in contemporary Chinese society. It is a rare opportunity to research gender equality in China and meet with citizens to gain a firsthand understanding of the parts women play. The delegation will meet with representatives from prominent Chinese women’s organizations such as China Star; the All-China Women’s Federation, which AAUW has hosted at our national office; China Women’s University; and Women of China while in Beijing. The delegation will visit many historic sites, including the Terra Cotta Warriors — and as someone who has visited this location three times, I can tell you that the sight is really one to behold. Participants will also engage with local populations along the way.
The invitation for all AAUW members to join this delegation is still open. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to explore global collaboration on gender issues!
This post was written by AAUW Fellowships and Grants Intern Bianca Zhang.