About Me

你好 Ni hao!My name is Elizabeth Yu Ellsworth. I teach Mandarin Chinese at Herricks Middle School in Long Island, NY. These are my photos and impressions of my first ever trip to Shanghai, China during November 1-5 2010.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Concluding Thoughts

Jeff Wang, Assistant Director of Chinese Language Initiatives at Asia Society, Chris Livaccari, Associate Director for Education and Chinese Language Initiatives at Asia Society, Anthony Jackson, Vice President for Education at Asia Society, Lori Langer de Ramirez, World Languages Chair at Herricks school district and myself.
It has been an amazing five days here in Shanghai. Though it seems like we accomplished so much the work has really just begun. We hope to establish closer ties with our partner school so that our students and teachers can eventually visit to do study and teaching exchanges.  Meanwhile I will continue to get my students to work hard on their Chinese language skills. I hope someday they too will be able to experience first hand the smells, tastes, sights and sounds of this country. When they do eventually visit China I expect them to be able to use beautiful Mandarin to communicate with all the wonderful people they will meet. I hope they will be excited and amazed by all they experience just as I was. Most of all I want them to say they were so glad they decided to study Chinese.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Shanghai Chic

Women in Shanghai dress very stylishly. I saw quite a few pairs of fancy high heels go clacking down the streets.

    Shanghai dogs are very stylish too.

Little Emperors and Empresses

Because of China's one child policy parents and grandparents alike dote on their single child or grandchild. During the daytime we often saw elderly grandparents taking care of young children. They seemed to enjoy the same simple pleasures as children here in the U.S.