Saturday, May 25, 2013

CFTU Offers Free Chinese Board Game Lessons - 2016 Schedule

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Hi gang!  First we wish to welcome our newest members Jennifer, Lucas, and Marianna and congratulate the 27 new China arrivals who just completed their orientation and Cross-Cultural Communications workshop. We hope you are now better prepared for your adventure in China!

But now let's have some fun!  Starting on June 5th, 2013  we will be starting a social club that will teach CFTU members and their expat guests how to play the the five most popular Chinese board games:

* WEI QI  (GO)  http://www.weiqi.org.sg/AboutWeiqi.aspx

* MAHJONG   http://rummy.com/mahjong.html

* XIANGQI (CHINESE CHESS)  http://ancientchess.com/page/play-xiangqi.htm

* CHINESE POKER  http://www.pagat.com/partition/pusoy.html

* CHINESE CHECKERS   http://www.mastersgames.com/rules/chinese-checkers-rules.htm

We have arranged for two locations in Wudaokou and Chaoyang and once we all learn and have a chance to practice with each other, we will start inviting some students from Peking & Tsinghua Universities to join us once a week for a social gathering and the we will teach them how to play Scrabble, Rummy, and maybe Bridge and some Texas Hold Em!

We will also form a group of volunteers to go once a month to the home for the elderly in Huairo or Yangqing to play some games with the old folks and brighten up their day a bit.  We may also do the same with an orphanage if there are enough volunteers. So get involved and help us show local Chinese the friendly side of foreigners.

The idea is to expand our circles of friends and learn more about the Chinese culture. We will not identify our organization nor ourselves other than by first names or nick-names. If you are game for this experience (pun intended). Contact V019B or V073B. If all goes well in Beijing, we will duplicate this activity in Shanghai in August.



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For a copy of the 2016 update please send us an email at admin@chinaforeignteachersuniopn.org or click here:
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

2016 Update: China Foreign Teachers Union Agrees To Help Weed Out Sexual Predators

After the recent revelation of the Neil Robinson case where a known foreign teacher convicted of assaulting children abroad surfaced last month working in China http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/130501/china-foreign-teachers-pedophile-neil-robinson , The CFTU board of directors called a special board meeting to review the situation.  Last week CFTU reps met with the Deputy Director of the PSB's Beijing Bureau and agreed to endorse background checks of foreign teachers abroad, but only for the purpose of identifying convicted child molesters that may try to visit China and seek employment as a school teacher. As Co-Administrator Greg Finch commented "To do nothing would make the CFTU complicit to one of the most hideous crimes in the world. The CFTU will promote and endorse a Zero-Tolerance program now jointly being developed to provide an early warning system at the the visa application stage."  The CFTU has agreed to keep details of the new program confidential at this time, but a press release will be forthcoming within 30 days.

Student safety is a universal concern around the world and the CFTU pledges its resources and full support to stop exploitation and child abuse by any and all means. In this regard, the CFTU has already identified another convicted child molester working in China and notified the authorities accordingly. He was recently detained and is in the process of being deported.  Anyone with information about a child molester working in any China school (convicted or not) can notify the CFTU in complete confidence as we will never reveal your identity - only notify the special PSB task force and request a discreet investigation.  Please send your detailed information to report[at]ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org


If you are a CFTU member, please see this link below:

For a copy of the 2016 update please send us an email at admin@chinaforeignteachersuniopn.org or click here:
http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org
Copyright 2010-2016 By CFTU - All Rights Reserved