Bicycles at Tianjin zoo. Summer, 1987.
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As many of you know, I have been to China four times to teach English. In 1987 I was part of a group of professors from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, who went to Tianjin, Peoples Republic of China, to teach English to Chinese professors at Tianjin Normal University.
China was a pretty drab place in 1987. Many people, men and women, wore dark Mao suits. There were almost no automobiles on the road even though Tianjin was a city of 7 million people. Almost every one rode black bicycles.
We found that our Chinese students were quite good at reading English, fairly good at writing English, but very poor at speaking and understanding spoken English. So much of our teaching involved talking with our students and getting our students to talk to us.
I quickly discovered that my students were much more likely to talk outside the classroom than in. One of my students got a bicycle for me and we went riding around the city just about every day after class and on weekends. The picture above was taken at the parking area for the Tianjin zoo.
I know my bicycle is on that lot — it’s a black one.