I was interviewed when I was teaching for a dear friend’s school in Kaifeng.
This is the article. It is in Chinese, but a friend translated it. I am extremely honored to be apart of this school, and would do it again in a heartbeat.
For those that don’t know Anni Shan is the pinyin for my Chinese name 安霓珊, which is why they call me Ann or An Shan.
On July 4th, there was an American teacher, An Shan, is presenting an interesting and impressive English lesson to the children of our local citizens in Cheng long English language high school. She began with a friendly greeting by English to all of attending students.
In order to show how the society and community concern about the children of their peasants, Cheng long English language high school has been offering a free 1 month tutoring class to those local peasants’ children. Since the class created, it brought a lot of people’s attention, it is not only to calm those parents’ anxiousness, but also is the one of reasons brought An Shan came to join this fabulous idea. After Ann understands the purpose of the class, she decided to be the first one attending this group.
After the first class ended, a teacher assistant, Huan Liu, helped Mrs An had a small discussion with those journalists. Miss An complimented the students, “they are very smart and hardworking kids, I really want to bring them back to America with me”.
Miss An has been getting more and more interests in Asian culture since she had experienced our culture through Olympic game in 2008. In 2010，she came Henan University as a student in Chinese language program. During the conversion with those journalists, she mentioned that, “she likes Kai Feng , she thinks here is her second home, she wanted to stay here”
Miss An said that she came to Kaifeng more than a year ago. And she learned about the lives of the children of migrant workers. She actively participated in this event since she knew. She wishes to donate her love and kindness.Due to the hot weather, even though Ms An got heat stroke, she still insisted in giving those kids classes. Principal Liu asked Ms. Liu company her to the hospital once he learned the situation.He said ‘Ms An donate her love to the kids. It is our responsibility to provide her convenience in her life