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.

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  1. Scott says:

    That’s an excellent article, which makes me want to go to China too! Your organization is doing great work.

    Recently, I heard that measured I.Q. for women exceeded that for men for the first time in 100 years of measurement. But even before such a result, I think most men suspected as much anyway. I remember a discussion a discussion in the cafeteria in at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 8 male scientists eating lunch at a table while discussing the relative intelligence of men to women. There was a general believe by the men (not all of us) that women are, on the whole, a little bit more intelligent than men. Upon hearing that statement, a rather senior scientist yelled out, “They have to be!”. We all understood what he meant by that; no further discussion necessary.

    Now to what I consider to be a conundrum. Given that women in many places of the world, especially in the Middle East, are not considered by law to be “whole and equal persons”, why isn’t there a bigger uproar around the world, especially by women, but also by men!? Can someone, and preferably a woman, explain to me why we aren’t screaming bloody murder at such a blatant state of slavery, where women aren’t protected by law nor treated equally. It’s insane to me that the U.N., the U.S. government, women groups and human rights groups, and men and women in the free world don’t scream out about this. By golly, it’s 2012! What is the psychology behind our relative silence and timidity? Human rights; where are they?

    Sorry to detract from the well-written article about the delegation to China. I’m so happy to hear about your efforts to promote women equality and advancement at all places in the world. Wish I was going to China with you.

    All the best to you.
    Just an average 50-year-old guy still confused by many things.

  2. Mary Meyang says:

    I just got to China about three weeks ago. I am Cameroonian and a keen follower of AAUM activities (and hoping to apply for international fellowship for next year’s intake). Will any of the forums be open to the public like signing up and joining the movement? Thumps up for women!

  3. Marylyn Dewey Adams says:

    Enjoyable note, Scott! I have been a professional teacher, school and church musician, and mother of 4– (not to mention AAUW member) for decades..and now retired..I know the problem, as I lived it until “Hippies” came into view! Women in this country have been considered the foundation of the home while the men worked the farms,other jobs…and military etc….There was a morality that expected that type of life to continue—but for Women’s Lib, etc…..it didn’t….I am afraid i struggled to get out of the conundrum myself and finally got out of the kitchen for good!Haven’t even had stove power on in two places I call my residences for many years! Built a career for myself….which never could have been done in prior generations. You know Dr.Martin Luther King’s words:”FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST…THANKS GOD ALMIGHTY I’M FREE AT LAST!
    And my dying breath will be to wish every woman on earth the ability to use her own brain for the good of mankind, with the hope that she be treated fairly at every trun in life!—equal to a man in the same situation! Thanks for sharing.

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