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Former educator to share China experiences

August 24, 2011
The Alpena News

Alpena resident and former high school principal Dr. Greg Adamus spent 11 months as a visiting scholar in China, and will share photos and impressions from the trip at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Alpena County Library.

Adamus was able to spend time in urban and rural settings in China, and to explore politics, human rights, education and religion, along with food, fashion and music.

"The most emotional moment I had occurred while I was seated at the piano in front of a large audience, pounding out Scott Joplin's 'Maple Leaf Rag.' I realized not one person there ever heard this melody before, or knew who Scott Joplin was," Adamus said. "I suddenly felt an immense responsibility as a cultural ambassador to go slow and careful, and to learn as much as I taught. I had all 200 of my students memorize the poem, 'The Dust of Snow,' but never really felt worthy enough to be the exclusive translator of Robert Frost."

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The title of his program is, "Photologue: Alpena to China A Road Less Traveled." While in China, Adamus snapped 1,174 pictures. His presentation has been whittled down to the best 200 or so.

Adamus also will share how he:

"The tension between China's urban and rural cultures, and coastal versus inland resources is an unsolvable complexity," Adamus said. "Likewise, the competing ideologies of capitalism and communism do daily battle for the hearts, minds and pocketbooks of the Chinese."

Audience members will be encouraged to share their thoughts about China's changing role in the world economy and its influence on its neighbors in Asia and on the United States and Europe. The program is free and open to the public.



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