Asian Studies Outreach Program
Lijiang Delegation Visits Montpelier High School
- By Jacqueline Drouin
A delegation from Lijiang, China, visited Montpelier High School. The visit provided an opportunity for the delegation to view the daily life of students and teachers in an American high school. The delegation visited the art room, green house, gym and auditorium. In the auditorium the delegation was impressed to find a student practicing traditional Chinese juggling, a tradition that requires a great deal of practice and skill.
The delegation met with the principal Adam Bunting. As is customary with Chinese custom, the delegation presented principal Bunting with Naxi (Dongba) calligraphy from Lijiang. The Naxi calligraphy is unique to the Lijiang region as it represents the writing style of the Naxi minority. Naxi calligraphy is the only living pictographic writing system in the world.
The delegation included Madam Li Runlan, Vice Governor of The People's Government of Gucheng District, He Dongguang, principal of Fu Hui School of Gucheng District, He Xuejia, principal of Da Yan Middle School of Gucheng District, Zhang Heling, principal of Da Yan Zhing Xin Elementary School of Gucheng District, and Wang Qingyun, a teacher at Teacher Training School of Gucheng District. The delegation was greeted at the airport by Professor Emeritus Dr. Juefei Wang and Director of the Asian Studies Outreach Program Bill Williams.
Montpelier High School has been a host to Visiting Scholar Nattida Pattaraworathum from Thailand's Bangkok Christian College since September 2012.