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If China Will Have Me, I'll Be Back

Popularity 9Viewed 11560 times 2016-8-14 23:52 |System category:Life| China

 My mom said it best. When you step out and step up, you don't always have things easy.

First, people ask me, "What? You're living in China?"

Yes, I am. Right now I'm forced to sit out a 6 month mandatory (unpaid) sabbatical here in Texas. A law that I guess no foreigner is made aware of in China is, after you've been there for 5 consecutive years, you have to sit out 6 months before getting a Z work visa. Many if not most foreigners go back to China on a tourist visa (they work illegally). But, that's not my style. My goals are long term. I'll take this 'setback' and accept it. I'm in for the long haul because I know how desperate Chinese students are for good English education and teachers.

Second, I've come a long way in 5 years. I went there with a few hundred dollars and have since established myself, not just in Henan Province (the largest province in China with over 100 million people), but, I've established myself in much of Asia. I've been blessed to be recognized as one of the top bloggers for China Daily, the largest English language newspaper in Asia. A million a day get this newspaper. I've been published in the print edition several times. I've been awarded, twice, as a 'Teacher of Excellence' in the province. I'm the only foreign teacher to receive this award in the 5,000 year history of the province. Also, my book, 'Powerful Attitudes', is being translated into Chinese.

Third, No. 19 School is still betting on my help with their international program. Their international director, was devastated by the news of my forced 6 month sabbatical. Even though I only teach a few classes a week there, I am able to affect our students in such a way that we've been able to get all of our graduates into top 100 U.S. colleges. We know the process and we know how to set up our students for success.

God has blessed me far more than I ever imagined. 6 years ago, I was recently divorced, depressed and in the worst emotional and psychological shape you can imagine. Whew! Glad I got past that.

My story isn't over with. The obstacles have been large. Nothing worth doing is smooth sailing.I chose and am traveling the road less traveled by. I'm on this planet to make a difference. Through the love of my family, friends, God and the commitment to 'see it through', I will sit out these months and go back stronger than ever.

If China will have me, I'll be back.

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Reply Report Chengking 2016-8-15 09:33
I am sure China will want you back. In the mean time, enjoy your sabbatical. And keep up the blogging.
Reply Report voice_cd 2016-8-15 16:15
thanks for sharing here, we have highlighted it.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-8-16 08:49
that is a very bizarre law....Anyone, you will be back soon for sure!
Reply Report AndrewCraven 2016-8-19 13:52
At last, I see the problem. They don't want you to be too busy. You can register a tourist visa to travel around China, I know you haven't visited many beautiful places in China, have you? That is a divine opportunity!
Reply Report Dracon44 2016-8-21 13:38
Seems to me it's a really easy work around.  Why not leave at least once in those five years for a visit back home?  Then the clock would reset yes?  Yes flights are expensive...but I doubt they are more expensive than six months sitting at home.
Reply Report abcdstupid 2016-8-22 09:13
Reply Report Swifty55 2016-8-30 12:06
Mike China wants you back for sure. Since you are probably one of the maybe 100 foreign people who can actually teach in China and do a good job.
Reply Report MichaelM 2016-9-3 00:32
Swifty55: Mike China wants you back for sure. Since you are probably one of the maybe 100 foreign people who can actually teach in China and do a good job.
Thank you
Reply Report Swifty55 2017-8-4 11:51
My pleasure Mike

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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