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This is a true story told by emails between Karen and Romona. It’s a story of a black and white friendship. Will it last? In 1985 Karen gets a degree to teach English to students who speak other languages, but she can only find part-time openings. In 1987 the frustrated Karen, while waiting for a bus and praying, is hit in her head and body by a pickup going 45mph or more. The surgeon calls the accident a miracle because Karen has no broken bones, except for a rib and a big toe. But her entire brain is damaged. However, she is able to do part-time teaching jobs and a full-time job in Taiwan. Karen returns to her family due to problems with focusing, unemployment, and the bad economy. This is when she starts emailing Romona, her former temp-supervisor in the south. Soon Karen moves to Alabama, but falls on her forehead on a sidewalk, jobless. Though she has to go back home, Karen returns with a dream to teach English in China. A job in a far northern Chinese province shows up in Karen’s e-mail and she takes it! Karen flies to Beijing and takes a train to the school’s main campus. After several weeks, the school drives her to their new school in a city close to Siberia. On the way there, Karen is greeted by hogs in a women’s restroom. The male cook for adults at Karen’s school orders her to be his English teacher, but Karen sticks with the little kids the school is paying her to teach. The male cook serves veggies covered with lots of hot stuff. Karen washes her veggies so she can eat them, but she still has stomach problems. Karen’s students are one-and-a-half to six years old. To teach them English, she points at a chair and says “a chair,” or she jumps and says “jump.” The kids repeat the English word and do the action over and over. They like Karen’s classes and learn from her. This works into songs that the kids sing. However, Karen’s translator-supervisor helps her as little as she can. And, she gets Karen a visa, but will not let her have it. Others on the school staff persuade the translator to at least give Karen a copy of her visa. Karen gets so sick that she has to leave China in February. Because she only has a copy of her visa, a desk officer at the Beijing airport calls her school to see if she is in China legally. Will Karen miss her plane back to the USA? When Karen returns home, she has more problems and emails them to Romona. Then again, the cold north of China leaves Karen with memories of sweet kids and dear friends. So she gets a job teaching English in Southwest China at a medical college. The medical students are friendly and help Karen get around and shop. She helps them with English in and out of class and makes friends with them. After Karen’s permanent apartment is ready for move-in, several of her students clean it for her. The students wash their cleaning clothes in her bathroom sink and let the water down the drain. But the dirty water ends up on the floor, instead of in the narrow pipe under the floor. There are more leaks and other surprises. Finally, in May of that school year, the pipe in Karen’s bathroom floor clogs and foul stuff rolls across her small bathroom floor... This story is told in e-mails between Karen and Romona. Will Romona get sick of Karen and her funny, but sorry, stories? And how about Romona? What about her problems? And, will Karen succeed in teaching English to Chinese college students?
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1508943753