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I’m going to be candid about English Weekly because I feel that it’s important to be as transparent as possible. English Weekly is the largest national educational English language publication for students in China. I have been an editor there for over three years… longer than any other foreign staff member has ever worked at the paper. The staff and management there have been amazingly supportive, and I have been treated with extreme kindness and generosity. But when I started at the paper more than a few of my co-workers were vocal about their reservations about my ability to do the job because of my race. In my experience most people around the world have some prejudice based on nationality, race, gender, or sexual orientation, but in China It’s more overt. When I first came to the paper some editors and co-workers wouldn’t even speak to me. I think that drove me to try my best to show them that not only was I capable of doing the job, but that I am also very similar to them in many ways. All in all, it has been an amazing experience of growth and self-discovery. I will forever be grateful to the staff and management at English Weekly for giving me the opportunity and freedom to not only be a memer of the team, but also to award scholarships and to give away computers to rural students in China. I have also been provided a wonderful environment to develop professionally, and I hope, to make my co-workers better editors. For that I will be eternally grateful.

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    This is a wonderful testament to the power of belief – in ones self and in the the inevitable goodness of people. I wish you scontinued success in all that you do.

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