For myself and my children I have decided to start copying the form letters into this blog this December, hoping that this way the yellowing crumbling pages will not be lost.
Goodes enjoy 'Positive Chinese'
by Retha Miller
Former Cody resident Dixie Goode and her husband Greg, students at Southern Oregon State College, spent a semester as exchange students at Beijing Teachers College in China.
The Goodes were with a group from Oregon universities who participated in an Oregon Teacher Education Program with that country. The program included tours of several Chinese cities, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Chinese businesses and classes in one of the chinese languages, Chinese History and the Chinese Educational systems. Dixie wrote of her trip in a letter to friends, the source of this story.
The daughter of paul and Priscilla Miller of Cody, Dixie graduated from Cody High School in 198. She and Greg, formerly of Newcastle, are both graduates of Northwest Community College. Greg, a music major, had spent three days in China while on a tour with the Northwest Singers in March 1983, and had vowed to go back sometime.
|a picture taken just before we went to China|
Both noticeable redheads, the Goodes look like brother and sister. Upon arriving in China, they learned that the Chinese exchange officials believed they were actually siblings. They were told that married couples were not allowed to be students or take a dorm room by themselves, and would be charged an extra $200 if they did. They were lucky enough to arrange to get that down to $90 US and not be sent home.
|the very best of the tourist places|
They found the Chinese a very "positive society." In spite of poverty and severely crowded conditions, the Goodes found them content, open, honest, friendly and more willing to share than most people they know here.
|Eating Mongolian Hot Pot with our History Teacher and his family|
(Sliced Raw lamb you cooked at the table)
They also became close friends with their Chinese and history teachers and Dixie even, "sometimes found the lack of privacy got to me." There were always invitations to dinner, shopping, the museum or for a trip to the zoo to see the pandas
|The fact that we loved to interact with their children meant many people were soon smiling and showing them to us,|
when you are only allowed one child
that one child means everything to you
They traveled through China by Car, bike, plane, bus, train, cruise ship and fishing boat, seeing terraced farm lands, cities of 12 million and villages of fewer than 50 people. They visited 4,000 year old temples and modern factories and schools. They stayed a week in a mountain resort that was used earlier by Emperors. They saw Beijing in summer heat and winter snowfall, and in the beauty of Autumn, exploring its streets on bike and on foot, experiencing stares at first and then acceptance.
|I always felt honored and trusted so much when someone shared their baby with me|
"If anything was learned during our time in China it was that the globe is not large enough to divide people who care about each other," Dixie Wrote.
|Me in the Mao Coat that saved me in Beijing Winter, and a friend from the student Dormitory|
|My husband helping the local children get icicles to explore|
|Our teachers at Beijing teachers College|