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I recently returned from a trip to China with my daughter, Joelle. We visited Beijing (the capital of China), Xi’an (the history of the Chinese Terracotta Soldiers) and Shanghai (import/export hub) and had a wonderful time.

The trip was very educational for me and I wanted to share with you some of my insights. There are approximately 1.4 billion citizens and a majority of them live in the regions that are located by the coast. The majority of the country’s terrain is mountains and desert. So as a result it is very crowded, the traffic is crazy (cars, scooters, bikes), but all of the regions we visited were very clean.

I had the opportunity to learn more about the culture and their seniors, which by the way are called grandma and grandpa. I was able to play in their parks where seniors congregate and it is like a senior center without walls. I observed that the grandparents were very involved with both their grown children and the grandchild. It is obvious that the one child rule, mandatory retirement (55 for women and 60 for men) has affected the family unit. I found the grandparents were very involved with the grandchild’s upbringing. In many cases they were the caregivers while their adult children worked. There is a building boom everywhere, but the apartments are small and several (2-6) adults live together.

I have done some research for you, especially if you provide services to Chinese programs. I strongly suggest you understand their history (past and present), their food preparation, their holidays and festivals.

Enjoy the material and let us know what you think and what your experience has been with the Chinese population.

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I recently presented a workshop on Grant Researching for the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (NJ). Here is what Pat McGarry, Director, had to say:

As always, your preparation, comprehensive coverage of the workshop topic, and informative /down-to-earth delivery for yesterday’s Researching for Grants technical assistance workshops was very much appreciated and well received. Your detailed handouts, provided excellent follow-up references for attendees to begin putting into practice what they learned from your presentation, and seemed eager to pursue. I especially liked your honesty /realistic comments that seeking funding through grants is not always the “be- all, end-all” , because they’re too often very time- consuming and not always as rewarding as anticipated…….so encouraging attendees to consider alternative options to meet their needs, was practical down-to-earth advice!

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