University of Vermont

Lijiang Reunion

Asian Studies Outreach Program Director meets with Alumni of the Visiting Scholars

ASOP Director Bill Williams shares stories and memories with Lijiang teachers at the Visiting Scholars reunion.

In a pan-Asia journey, ASOP Director Bill Williams has been traveling to some of the most remote cities in both Thailand and China to meet with alumni of the Visiting Scholars program. Most recently, his travels brought him to the prefecture city of Lijiang, China, where he had the chance to meet up with seven Visiting Scholars alumni. The reunion was a welcomed opportunity for the director and teachers to reminisce about their time in Vermont as Visiting Scholars, a unique exchange program that few teachers in China have the opportunity to experience.

The Visiting Scholar program, organized by the Asian Studies Outreach Program, was created to assist Vermont schools in teaching about Asia by inviting teachers from China and Thailand to hosted in Vermont schools and share various aspects of their cultures to Vermont students. The teachers at the Lijiang reunion are members of the Naxi people, an ethnic group mainly living in southwest provinces of China, shared their Naxi culture with Vermont students.

For more information on the Visiting Scholars program, please contact the ASOP office.