For the most part, the Changchun Friends website is not very active and has been superseded by the Tencent "Wechat" app by the local expat community. This website is maintained sporadically, people may still join and membership is still open, but if you are a spammer, stay away. The archived information here is still useful, but some may be out of date. There are plans to make it more useful for static information in the future. If anyone needs information about Changchun or China, you may post a message and it probably will get a response but not immediately.

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Chinese vs British education

Two interesting articles today. One about a BBC programme that follows 5 Chinese teachers who teach in an English school for a month and both their and the students experience. The second article is more about what should education be about and looking at the two systems. Kind of interesting…


Added by Richard Paul Roman on August 4, 2015 at 20:00 — 6 Comments

Single mother, 51, memorises EVERY SINGLE word from the English-Chinese Dictionary - that's just the 220,000 entries

A Chinese mother has become a walking dictionary by memorising the English-Chinese Dictionary from cover to cover, reported the People’s Daily.

Li Yanzhi, 51, from Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, is able to explain the meaning of every single word in the 2,458-page book, which consists of 220,000 entries.…


Added by Richard Paul Roman on March 10, 2015 at 17:32 — 6 Comments

ARTWORKS - we want to create an arts exhibition!

ARTWORKS - Seeing Changchun through my eyes

For some years now a few people have discussed the idea of holding an Art exhibition organised by the ex expatriate community showcasing the arts of Changchun by both the expatriate and local artists. This has been one of those ongoing discussions which always seem to end up with everyone agreeing that it is a good idea but no-one ever actually taking that first step. Well, we have decided that talking the talk is all well and good but now… Continue

Added by Richard Paul Roman on January 20, 2015 at 16:54 — No Comments

A city of its own: Rare photos capture New York's Chinatown in the early 1980s

Today it is a mecca of Asian influence and American tourism - a melting pot of exotic food, lively bars and cheap jewelry and gift shops.

But between 1981 and 19841, New York's Chinatown was undergoing something of a revolution, as the primarily-older, predominantly-male residents that had created the area in lower Manhattan were forced to move aside for the young families and workers that were immigrating to the United States from Mainland china…


Added by Richard Paul Roman on January 10, 2015 at 12:38 — No Comments

Debates and discussions this year

I was chewing the fat and discussing this and that' with some friends and we thought that the following debates/discussions were interesting. After the Chinese New Year we will set them up. Any other ideas?

what is the purpose of your life?

are genetically modified organisms good or bad for the planet

Global warming is a myth

globalisation - a clash of civilisations?

Socrates and Confucius. - the giants of western and Chinese thinking. What… Continue

Added by Richard Paul Roman on January 9, 2015 at 1:01 — 2 Comments

What is education?

Ok, so many people on this site are teachers. So my question is: What is true education. Here are a number of ideas from some Western philosophers

Concepts of Education as defined by Western philosophers. Your ideas please!

1. Socrates: "Education means the bringing out of the ideas of universal validity which are latent in the mind of every man".

2. Plato: "Education is the capacity to feel pleasure and pain at the right moment. It develops in the body and in… Continue

Added by Richard Paul Roman on January 4, 2015 at 22:50 — 4 Comments

10th anniversary! Changchun Friends will enter its 10th year this year!

Changchun Friends will have been around in Changchun for 10 years this year so we would like to wish everyone who has helped, participated or supported us a Happy New Year.

It first started as an idea that Alex Antonicelli and Richard Roman had of creating a small guide for Changchun and using this as a means to teach their students both design and business skills. The launch of the first book was held at the Shangri La and this proved very popular and became the stepping stone for… Continue

Added by Richard Paul Roman on January 2, 2015 at 13:00 — 12 Comments

Top English words in 2014- what do you think?

1. The Heart ♥ Emoji (for love) — The Heart ♥ Emoji (for love) is the Top Word of 2014. Each emoji represents an emotion, expression, or state of mind, or a person, place or thing.

2. Hashtag — The re-invented pound-sign becomes evermore powerful.

3. Vape — Smoking an electronic or e-cigarette, shorthand for vaporize, or vaping. Vapers are banned from indoor vaping in New York and other locales.

4. Blood Moon — Four total eclipses of the moon in eighteen-month… Continue

Added by Richard Paul Roman on December 30, 2014 at 17:14 — No Comments

Write your story 5 free days Jilin trip waiting for you

The Notice of the Second “Jilin and I ” Theme Writing Activity

To enhance international friends’ understanding of Jilin province, and have good memories of Jilin, Jilin Province Information Office, Education Department, Friendship Association with Foreign Countries of Jilin Province will hold jointly the Second “Jilin and I” Theme Writing Activity. The related issues as follows.

First, activity purpose

The activity is aimed at recording the international friends’ unforgettable… Continue

Added by Richard Paul Roman on December 27, 2014 at 10:06 — No Comments

Why do schools not know when their end of term is?

There is a difference between Western schools and Chinese schools. In England, we set up an annual calendar with the beginning and end of each term. In China, students, teachers, and lecturers wait till near the end of each term to find out when the term finishes.

I find this an interesting cultural difference. Any ideas as to what these differences are?

Added by Richard Paul Roman on December 19, 2014 at 21:11 — 4 Comments

Christmas Crackers

I was just wondering. In the UK it is traditional to have Christmas crackers with your Christmas lunch. Does any other country do this?

Added by Richard Paul Roman on December 7, 2014 at 18:36 — No Comments

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