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Article in the Williston Observer shares the story of Visiting Scholar Tao Ye in Vermont

Tao Ye, a Visiting Scholar of the Asian Studies Outreach Program, in a traditional Lijiang dress

In a February article in the Williston Observer, staff writer Luke Baynes shares the story of Visiting Scholar Tao Ye, a native teacher of Lijiang, China, as she shares Chinese culture with schools in Hinesbury, Charlotte and Shelburne. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Tao Ye will be hosting by eight families and will have shared her culture with hundreds of students in the Green Mountain State.

The article features commentaries about the similarities and differences between Vermont schools and Chinese school. Most notable are Tao Ye’s comments on the difference in personal conduct and appearance codes for Vermont students and Chinese students.

“In China, the schools have a lot of school rules,” she said. “Boys cannot have long hair. Girls cannot dye their hair.”

As a result, Tao observed, Chinese classrooms are less participatory and students are less assertive.

Visit the Williston Observer’s website to read the full article, Eloquent ambassador. To find out how your school can host a Visiting Scholar, contact Bill Williams at

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