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Gang brings China
By: Betsy Stewart
With his briefcase in hand and a
smile as big as China on his face, Gong
Huan-Gang is a familiar sight injoyner
Hall this semester. Gong is visiting
professor of politics from Dongbei
University of Finance and Economics
in Dalian Province, People’s Republic
of China. He is teaching at Meredith
under the auspices of the Kenan Grant,
which has funded a series of faculty
exchanges with Dongbei University,
Gong is teaching two classes this
semester; China Today and Introduc
tion to Chinese Language. He says it is
very difficult to learn Chinese in only
three months, but his students are
“1 like the students here,” Gong
said. “They are quite smart, quite po
lite, quite gentle. They are quite smart
to learn a foreign language, and they
are quite keen to learn about what
happens in China.”
At Dongbei University, where he
is associate professor and deputy dean,
Gong teaches classes in foreign trade
practices and international trade. These
classes are important, Gong says, be
cause Dalian, a border province, is one
of 15 Special Economic Zones in China.
It is one of China’s most important
industrial bases with steel, coal and
other natural resources. Dalian is sec
ond only to Shanghai in its importance
as a harbor city. .
Gong holds a bachelor’s degree in
English and a master’s degree in eco
nomics. This is his first trip outside of
China. His wife, who works in a bank,
and his eight-year-old son are at home.
He says he misses them, and adds that
his semester at Meredith “is a task, an
obligation 1 have to finish and do it
What is his favorite American food?
Hot dogs! Gong is living at the Lemmon
House on Faircloth Street and eats most
of his meals in the Belk Dining Hall. He
said, “in the cafeteria I think most of
the vegetables are overcooked, but
with such a big number of students it
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In comparing education in China
with what he has seen at Meredith,
Gong notes one major difference.
“Most of the Chinese students have to
compete to get a chance to be a uni
versity student, and it is much more
difficult. Here it is only a question of
money. In Cliina you have to com
pete, and only a few of the senior
students, no more than ten percent,
get in. ” Gong said the hardest task is to
get into graduate school, and for some
majors there are no master’s or doc
toral programs available. Many Chi
nese students go abroad to study, Gong
added, and they go to Japan, the U. S.
or Europe. Japan is a frequent choice
because of its proximity, and because
many students speak Japanese as well
Gong’s first impression of America
was that we have “too many cars, no
body walks on the street and every
body is busy, quite busy.” He visited
the NC State Fair and noted that it is
similar to national fairs held in China.
“It was the first time for me to see so
many American people gathered to
gether,” he said.
“This is quite an important experi
ence,” Gong said, “and I have learned
a lot. America is a highly-developed
country. People here are quite busy,
busy with their own business. They
have little time to chat. The American
economy is quite well organized and
everybody is busy here, except me
sometimes, “ he smiled.
Gong will return home at semester’s
end and is looking forward to spend
ing three days in New York City after
he leaves Raleigh. A friend in China
told him, “if you love somebody, send
him to New York—it’s a paradise. If
you hate somebody, send him to New
York—it’s a hell.” Gong is anxious to
see New York, whether it be paradise
or hell, for himself.
Counseling Center No Show
By Dina Di Maio
Turnout has been low at the coun
seling center’s seminar series, “Be
yond Meredith,” said Sanne Martin,
Turnout has grown since the be
ginning of the semester, but it is still
not as large as she would like it, said
“We’re hoping for 20 people, but
we’re always getting 10,” Martin said.
Two reasons forthe low attendance:
advertising is difficult and students are
Because the counseling center is
paying for the seminars, it is spending
as much as possible on advertising.
Martin said the counseling center sent
brochures to students and also posted
flyers and posters.
The counseling center is now using
other channels to advertise.
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