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 Chinese Adventure
Mr D M Shaw

24th Sept 2009

Towards the end of the last century David Shaw and his wife, two retired teachers, went on holiday to China . Upon arriving in Beijing they were met by one of their tour guides a Mr Wang, Professor of English at Beijing University , doing a part time job for the Jules Verne holiday company. It was Mr Wang’s predilection to discover the profession of each of his tourists. When he found out that David was a retired Headmaster he offered him a job at the university. After some reluctance David eventually accepted Mr Wang’s offer and there began his “Chinese Adventure”.

We were fortunate to be recipients of David’s talk and photographs of his “Adventure”. Starting in Tiananmen Sq in Beijing we saw and heard about many aspects of Chinese life, the very strong family relationships, their food and the fact that at schools where English was taught it was started with nine year olds. David Shaw ran twelve classes over six months and became absorbed in the Chinese way of life. Interestingly for a Communist Country people have to pay towards their education. There is a very strong desire for education and improvement to better paid jobs so that their families can benefit from increased wealth.  We saw details of the increasing wealth in China in the slides David showed of both Beijing and Shanghai . But the western influence of MacDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken also has a detrimental effect on the Chinese diet which up to now had appeared to keep youngsters slim and healthy.


From China we travel all the way back to Otley Chevin for the subject of our next talk. On Thursday 8th October 2009 in Otley Civic Centre at 10-00am Richard Marsh will tell us about “Chevin, Past, Present, Future.

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