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China revisited in lifelong learning course at RCC

A popular course from the Spring 2013 offerings of the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL)—“A Taste of China,” taught by Professor Liping Zhu—has been brought back for Fall 2013. This three-part lecture series will take place on October 23 and 30, and November 6 (Wednesdays), 1-3 p.m., in Room 100 of RCC’s Kilmarnock Center.


“A Taste of China” provides an overall sense of the Chinese culture, with the aim of arousing students’ interest in learning the language and perhaps visiting China. The first session offers a brief overview of Chinese culture, including traditional festivals and their related foods; arts and crafts; and major religions and philosophy. The second is a short tour of ethnic minorities in the southwestern province of Yunnan, with a description of each group’s traditions and customs. The final session will contrast ways of thinking, family values, customs, and etiquette that differ between China and the West.

Professor Zhu teaches English and ESL (English as a Second Language) at Yunnan Art University in Kunming, China. She holds a master of arts from East China Normal University and a certificate to teach ESL from Beijing Language University, and is a member of the Yunnan Academic Foreign Language Association and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Virginia. In addition to publishing a dozen theses on education, and heading or participating in several research projects, she acts as an official interpreter for the province of Yunnan.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “A Taste of China” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at

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