Sobre o programa:
Scholars of Chinese history know that a dynasty’s continuity has always hinged on its ability to care for the health of the countryside. Flood and famine presaged a change of rule. How will today’s Chinese leaders manage the consumption needs of an increasingly well-educated, affluent and urban polity, while caring for the needs of China’s rural farmers and ethnic minorities? What are the most significant hurdles confronting China’s new leadership, and what continuing opportunities and new challenges can we anticipate in the decades to come? We invite teachers to join us on a dynamic and holistic exploration of China as we explore the seminal environmental and economic issues confronting the Middle Kingdom on this international seminar for teachers.
Based in Yunnan province, and with special consideration of the Three Parallel Rivers nationally protected area, this professional development seminar examines a bellwether case study of the intersections of culture, economy and environmental sustainability. While visiting urban and rural communities and traveling into the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau, we look at the efforts of international and home-grown NGOs to protect cultural and environmental integrity. Kunming, capital of Yunnan, is fast becoming a center of Chinese language study, and we further use our time together to visit local and international language training-centers to survey techniques in Chinese language instruction. Any teacher or scholar of China will benefit from Dragons twenty-one year history of work in China and our approach to getting off the beaten path. Participants on our China Educator Seminar return home with stories and lessons developed through authentic exploration of contemporary realities that extend well beyond the veneer of China’s coastal cities and trodden tourist sites.