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Nancy Pine's Reflections on China

Nancy Pine, founder and first director of the Bridging Cultures: U.S./China Program, has over 20 years of research and consulting experience in China’s schools and colleges. Her studies focus on how children and young adults learn in China and the United States. The following China Images essays are her reflections on some of her experiences in urban and rural China. Additional writings about her time spent in China can be found at and in her book, Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn) in China and America published by Palgrave Macmillan. Although two of the essays, “Telecommunications” and “From Bicycles to VWs,” are now dated, they provide a window into China just a few years ago.

  • First and Continuing Impressions, 1(1) January 2004
  • Urban Elementary Schools, 1(2) February 2004
  • Lessons from An Shang Village, 1(4) December 2004
  • Shanghai Jews, 2(1) March 2005
  • From Bicycles to VWs, 2(2), September 2005
  •  Angst in Shaanxi Province, 3(1), January 2006 
  •  The Confucian Thread, 3(2), March 2006 
  •  Understanding or Misunderstanding, 3(3), October 2006 
  • A Fifteen Year Journey, 4(1), February 2007 
  •  Staring is Okay, 4(2), August 2007 
  •  Opera and the Soul of China, 5(1), June 2008 
  •  How on Earth Do Children Learn to Write? 6(1), March 2009 
  • Into the Schools—January 1990 6(2), September 2009 
  •  What Do Chinese Children Know? 7(1), May 2010 

Learn more about Nancy Pine's book Educating Young Giants.