First Saturday PDX
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:30am to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 11:00am

Join First Saturday PDX for a look at the rush toward urbanization in rural Sichuan in the 1980s.

About the Speaker

Nancy E. Dollahite ​was among the first foreigners to teach at the Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing in southern China in the 1980s, where she encountered the challenges of living as a cultural outsider. While teaching and consulting in China, Mexico, Brazil, Scotland and the US for over 30 years since, she has continued to explore how we can best communicate across cultures.

With slides illustrating the countryside as she observed it,  Nancy Dollahite discusses how these economic changes led to social changes in family structure.  Living in Chongqing at the time, she was able to visit a wide sample of villages within a few hours of the rapidly changing city and interview the local people. She will also read from her recent book, Field Notes From Sichuan: Learning to be a Foreigner, and raise some questions about how each of us can most fruitfully encounter cultures and individuals who challenge our own deeply-held and cherished belief systems.  ​Her book will be available for purchase at the presentation.

Location and Contact

Portland State University, 1800 SW 6th Avenue (ASRC room 230)

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