American Community Colleges:
The International Student's Guide
by C.J. Shane
American community colleges are a great choice for students seeking an American education. This book will guide you through the process.
Topics covered are:
• how community colleges fit into the U.S. system of higher education
• the advantages of starting your American education at a community college
• the steps you must go through to study at a U.S. community college
• key factors to consider when choosing an American community college
• the process of applying to and gaining entrance into a community college
• the process of applying for a U.S. visa
• the forms needed when arriving in the U.S. and passing through U.S. customs
• choosing classes at your new college and how to register for those classes
• how to get help improving your English-language skills
• basics about living in America, including housing, transportation, and medical care
• American culture and how to deal with culture shock
• profiles of seven American community colleges
• commentary by international students currently studying at community colleges
Paperback, 8.5" x 5.5" x .5"
196 pages, perfect binding with title on spine
Includes GLOSSARY and INDEX
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I purchased a kindle version of this book. It’s a very helpful guide for international students who seek for higher education in the United States. It’s usually very difficult for international students to understand the concept of a community college. This book explains clearly how community college system works in the United States and how international students can transfer to earn their Bachelor’s Degrees easily with a much lower cost. It demonstrates many advantages and services community colleges have to offer to many international students. It’s a very helpful book and I highly recommend it.
The author explains the whole process of selecting a college, immigration requirements, enrollment, U.S. culture, as well a glossary of terms for students to use to better understand the processes of attending school in the U.S. as well as the educational system. The range of student comments is extremely helpful because different cultures have different perspectives and expectations.
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Voices of New China
by C.J. Shane
In a series of interviews, Chinese young adults tell us in their own words about their lives, their values, their goals for the future, their daily joys and persistent challenges. They also tell us what they think of westerners and what they believe we need to know about China.
Chapters by the author on Confucian values, recent Chinese history, and the typical life stages of the Chinese give meaningful context to their commentary.
Chinese blue-collar workers, educated professionals, and university students are represented in these interviews which were conducted with adults between the ages of 18 and 35. Learn what life is like in China from the Chinese perspective.
Paperback, 8.5" x 5.5" x .5"
191 pages, perfect binding with title on spine
cover by Roberta Murray, UncommonDepth.com
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review by M.S. DuToit on Amazon.com
The first third of the book is all about context. It is a brief overview of Chinese history, focusing mostly on the dramatic events of the 20th Century which still reverberate in the memories of the current generation. There is also a chapter which introduces the reader to the ways in which Chinese culture differs from Western culture. The book stresses the danger of assuming that "we are all basically the same", without examining the way history has shaped us.
The rest of the book is a series of interviews with young people, aged between 18 - 35. Some are educated university students from relatively wealthy backgrounds. Some are poor workers who have only had a few years of primary school. Each interview teases out touching insights and shows a unique and intimate portrait of an individual, their opinions, their sense of humour, their wistful dreams.
There are many beautiful moments. For example, when a young mother asks the interviewer to give her little son an English name, and is charmed with the resulting suggestion. Some moments are sad -- for example a young man who works for the government, but is a poet and philosopher at heart. He is one of the few who expresses quite outspoken against the Chinese government, but is torn between his dream of being a successful poet, and the reality of having to survive as a business man.
Many bitter-sweet moments. I was struck by how many of those interviewed worried about the environmental problems that China faces today. People mention never seeing the blue sky, or stars. Or lament the cutting down of forests near their home.
Voices of New China offers a glimpse of China as seen through the eyes of young Chinese people. An antidote to the version we see in Western media.
Excerpts from more Reviews:
~~ ...the material provides a useful introduction to modern China. J.C. Martin, Arizona Daily Star, Dec. 1, 2013.
~~This is a terrific book for people who are traveling to China. It will help to humanize their travel experience in a way that a tour book and tour guide just can't do. Amazon reader review