Letters from China
Trafford Publishing, 2007 - 269 pages
This is a book of letters that Mark Harris wrote to his children during the time that he and his wife Luree taught English at two different universities in Shandong Province, China. In 1996 and 1997 they taught at Shandong Teachers University in Jinan. Again in 1999 and 2000 they taught at the Teachers College of Qingdao University in Qingdao. At both universities their students were preparing to become teachers of English in the Chinese public schools. Not knowing Mandarin, Mark and Luree were fortunate their students had studied English for six to seven years.
Being a good observer of Chinese behavior and culture, Mark vividly describes his activities at the universities where he taught English. He and his wife also had many opportunities to interact with people in speaking or entertaining at various schools or businesses, in traveling throughout the country or simply observing and relating to people on the street. He writes about common occurring events like waiting in a crowded line at the post office, riding in a small taxi or, when walking on the street, being engulfed by school children wanting to practice speaking English. Also, he describes attending a traditional Chinese wedding, visiting the birthplace of Confucius, taking a cruise down the Yangtze River and climbing the Great Wall of China. Being skillful in using his camera, Mark was able to disperse his excellent photographs throughout the book, adding to his writing.