Anyang, Henan, China 455002
Teachers College is interested in
FOR LIST OF
Dean Leo (Mr. Hong Fei)
Addressed assembly of 28 English teachers and
~300 candidates for a degree in teaching English
Covering 145,500 square meters, Anyang Teachers College lies on the southern edge of the city. Current enrollment is about 2500 students, taking courses offered by 11 departments: Chinese Language and Literature; Secretarial Training; History; Politics and Law; English; Music; Fine Arts; Design and Decorative Arts; Mathematics; Computer Science; Physics; Applied Electronic Technology; Chemistry and Chemical Industry; Geography; and Physical Education.
Teachers College (ATC) is situated in Anyang, one of the seven ancient
capitals of China. Anyang became the capital of the Shang Dynasty
in the 14th century B.C.; it remained the capital for six dynasties.
Anyang is the site of the earliest Chinese characters found. Fragments
of polished tortoise shells and bones found a century ago reveal inscriptions
some believe were prayers and questions addressed to the ancestors of the
Shang living in the northern plains just east of the Taihanshan hills 34
Today, nothing really remains to suggest that Anyang was once a major urban center. It looks like so many cities on China's plains: it is a large sprawling city with wide avenues and boulevards set in a grid pattern. No buildings remain from the pre-revolution era. Anyang is under construction. Bricks, rocks, sand and mortar seem to be the commodity being traded.
Near Anyang is one of the most extraordinary examples of Mao's call to arms and his vision of a self-reliant China. The famous man-made Milky Way, the Red Flag Canal, lies to the west of the city. 1500 km of canals were dug: hills were leveled and tunnels were carved through mountains, aqueducts constructed - the land was irrigated. Descending from the barren hills to the east, the verdant landscape stretches to the horizon - it is a welcome sight for tired, wind-whipped eyes.
For the tired traveler, there is also the promise of a hot spring indoor pool on the southeast corner of the city. A visit to the pool (worth the 10 yuan) is a cultural as well as a physical experience. Be sure to take your suit, some sandals and drink a lot of water.
ATC has an Ancient Books Collection Center as well as two prestigious institutes: the Institute of Yin-Shang Cultural Studies, and the Institute of Zhou Yi Studies. Yindu Journal, the school's academic periodical on social science, is distributed throughout China and overseas. The journal attracts articles on a variety of issues concerning China's cultural past; and, it is considered the foremost primary source for those whose interest is the history and culture of the Yin-Shang period.
The school motto reflects nostalgia for old traditions while preparing for a very uncertain future: "Diligence, Law-abiding, Respecting Teachers and the Teaching Profession, Unity, Forging Ahead."
|New Millennium Ride thanks Cathy Clarkson, Dave Gannon, Hong Fei, Dean Li, the teachers in the English Department and especially the student candidates for a degree in teaching English. I will always remember your warm enthusiastic welcome and wonderful banquets.|