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Robert Garmong on Teaching in China

Radio Interview: Wednesday, 19 September 2012

I interviewed Robert Garmong on "Teaching in China" on Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday, 19 September 2012. Listen to or download the podcast below.

What can we learn about modern Chinese culture from the experience of an American teaching university students in China? A whole lot! Professor Robert Garmong has a unique perspective on China and Chinese education, as an American teaching English language and Western culture at the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, in Dalian, China.

Dr. Robert Garmong studied economics and political science at the University of Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas (Austin). He currently teaches English language and Western culture at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, in Dalian, China. His blog is "Professor in Dalian."

Tags: Academia, Anthem, China, Communism, Culture, Education, Independence, Individualism, Parenting, Young Adults

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Subjects Discussed

The subjects discussed in this episode were:
  • The educational background of Chinese university students
  • Differences between American and Chinese students
  • How the Chinese university experience differs from the American university experience
  • Government propaganda in the classroom
  • Chinese students' awareness of American-style education
  • Communist ideology in the university
  • The culture shock of teaching in China
  • Teaching Ayn Rand's novella "Anthem"
  • Nationalism and cultural pride in America and China
  • The possibility of China overtaking America economically
  • Robert's life in China, on the whole

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