Donations for Joan Xie Qiong urgently needed

Donations for Joan Xie Qiong urgently needed
I have already reported about my friend’s leukemia diagnosis and treatment here. Her chemo has progressed well, but now there are signs cancer has spread to her bones. Meanwhile, a bone marrow donor has been found and the transplant could happen as soon as Monday, if funds are available. Joan’s friends and colleagues have organized a crowdfunding campaign here in China, which has raised 250,000 RMB ($36,000) toward a 1 million RMB ($144,000) goal. Since Joan and her mom do not have medical insurance, the hospital in Guangzhou will not proceed with the operation until they can show they have enough to pay for it. If you can donate, we have arranged to use the PayPal account of Joan’s best friend, Ivy Zhang XinJun (张鑫君). Ivy was Joan’s classmate and roomie in college, and I taught both of them. I can vouch for Ivy’s honesty. She will transfer the money to Joan’s bank account. Ivy Zhang (张鑫君) PayPal: 1252402206@qq.com If you would prefer to send donations to my PayPal, I can also relay the money to Joan’s account. John Wheaton PayPal: john.wheaton@gmail.com You can also use the cryptocurrencies listed below. The USD-CNY exchange rate is very favorable now, almost US$1 ...

Please help out my former student now battling leukemia 1

Please help out my former student now battling leukemia
ZHENGZHOU, HENAN — One of my Jishou University students, Joan Xie Qiong (谢琼), 24, is battling leukemia in a hospital on Guangzhou. She has already had one round of chemotherapy, and now we need to raise funds for the second round of chemo and a bone marrow transplant (type O) to help her win her fight. While a crowdfunding campaign in China has raised 218,000 RMB toward a 1,000,000 RMB (US$147,000) goal so far, it does not have an international reach. Platforms such as GoFundMe do not have access to the Chinese banking system, so I’ve taken it upon myself to write this appeal for donations to help out one of my most dear students. After reading the information below, if you have any questions, please leave a comment. It will not be made public. Alternatively, you can contact me via email or my Twitter account (@liguy743). ABOUT JOAN: Xie Qiong was born to a poor family in Songyu Village, Paitou Township, Xiangtan County, Hunan Province, did well on her college entrance exam, and entered Jishou University in 2013 to study Business English. I taught her for two years. She had been working in Shenzhen in foreign trade until she ...

My student’s contribution to NPR’s #15Girls project

My student's contribution to NPR's #15Girls project
Last month, NPR’s Goats and Soda blog began its #15Girls project, inviting girls and women from around the world to tell about their lives when they were 15 years old. Contributors were asked to send photos and comments about the hardest thing they faced at age 15 via Twitter or Instagram — which are both blocked in China. Really, NPR, what were you thinking? I didn’t come across the project until late in the month, but I posted it in my Qzone 说说 (shuo shuo “say say” — which is like Facebook’s Status), and said I could relay any contributions through my Twitter account. Only one person responded: one of my students, Tina Li ShaoLi, sent me a contribution, which I posted to Twitter in a somewhat abbreviated form. You can see it here and in the screencap above. This is Tina’s original contribution: The hardest thing for being 15 is that I fell in love with a boy but however hard I tried I still couldn’t be together with him. I fell in love with him at the age of 13. However, in our country, people believe that falling in love with people at such an early age is ...

Guest blogger Will Tang: The benefits of Chinese kungfu 2

Guest blogger Will Tang: The benefits of Chinese kungfu
studentChinese kungfu has a very long history. During the last 5,000 years of China’s history, there have been many people who are good at Chinese kungfu, such as 张三丰 (Zhang Sanfeng),李小龙 (Li XiaoLong – Bruce Lee), 李连杰 (Li LianJie – Jet Li), 成龙 (Cheng Long – Jackie Chan),甄子丹 (Yen ZiDan – Donnie Yen), to name a few. When I was a child, I watched Bruce’s movies and every day wondered, “When will it be my turn to do that?” My Dad told me with a laugh, “Do you know how many Bruce Lees there are in the world? One! Only one!” I know that he wished that I live a peaceful life – grow up smoothly, find a good job, get married and bring up children. However, I have my dream to become the dragon (龙 means dragon in Chinese) like Bruce Lee who was great at kungfu. As the old saying goes, “The one who knows a son the best is his father.” “Hey, son! Why do you insist on learning kungfu?” my dad asked me once. “I want to be a famous kungfu star!” “No, it’s not that! Be sensible, please!” “Um, I want to be a stronger ...

Jishou girl, 15, has M5b leukemia, needs financial help

Jishou girl, 15, has M5b leukemia, needs financial help
JISHOU, HUNAN — Today I attended a benefit performance that raised about $4,000 for a young Jishou resident, Liu FuRong 刘芙蓉, 15. A dance student, she was diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia last month, and is now in a Beijing hospital undergoing chemotherapy. Her family is quite poor, so her performing arts high school organized a benefit to raise money for her medical care. Besides aggressive chemotherapy, she also needs type O blood and a bone marrow transplant. They raised 24,000 RMB (about $4,000) today toward expected treatment costs of 1,000,000 RMB. I am working on getting the information for international wire transfers to her benefit fund, in case anyone in the USA or elsewhere wants to donate. FuRong is a student of a friend of mine, an English teacher at the Xiangxi State National Arts School 州民族艺术学校 (zhou minzu yishu xuexiao). This is a senior high school for non-college preparatory students. I’ve never met FuRong. From her photos, pre-leukemia, she looks to be an energetic and bubbly girl. Certainly, her classmates and teachers love her, and organized today’s dance performances outside the BuBuGao Mall downtown. My phone’s battery died, and I didn’t have my camera with me, so this ...

Odds’n’ends

JISHOU, HUNAN — I had some time on my hands recently, so I spent it tweaking the website. I’ve joined the China Blog Network, and you’ll see a widget linking to it in the right sidebar. One blog I’ve been spending time reading is Wok With Me, Baby, a cooking blog written by an ex-pat in Shanghai who cooks Western-style food with mostly locally available ingredients. Her chili recipe looks good. I found a cool world map widget that shows visitors’ locations. I saw it at Respectful Insolence, a medical blog by the sharp-tongued skeptical Orac. Although I already have a Clustrmap, the spinning globe was too cool to pass up. The Status Update plug-in doesn’t seem to be updating my Facebook status, but I’m not going to sweat it until Nov. 22, when FB shuts off RSS feeds to FB Notes. I’ve already discovered that tweets can be fed to FB status lines. We had our first English Corner of the new school year today. A big crowd of mostly freshmen, who for some reason seem younger (several 17-year-olds among my students) and more geographically diverse than before. I’ve met several students from Xinjiang, in the far west of ...
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