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J Cross-Cultural Adventure: A South Dakota Family in China by Lyle D. Olson China-watching: Feb. 4, 2002 grai it O'1 atthew S • 27 to I v HanS grandl a H an Sl as I was selected for program, folks began books to read. do,an. China-watchers book most often as their Holm's Coming Holm, who teaches at Southwest State in Marshall. Minn.. Xi'an. the ancient capital. says his book is about to an American in and what America looked he got home. With his flowing beard, and over 240-pound drew attention wher- 'ent. great delightful book. Holm lor fro,.ith_.,, humor (a key attribute an frolle says), insight and emo- ;born nderstanding China John ,n's 81a ints out that China's territo- 7 million square miles is identical to that of the tates' 3.6 million. The two ; are located at "more or same latitude." New York ing match, roughly, as do tans and Shanghai• L two-thirds of the U.S. is bly flat and easily habit- tarr writes, while two- China is not. In the U.S., le land is available for cui- :ompared to 10% in China. and others refer to far- implications of the rule of ¢idual, the foundation of system, as the American concept Evans, a SDSU English , and his wife Jan wrote tappiness: Two Lives in journal entries while in Nanjing as scholars in 1992-93. In in the }W$ exchange. It was sno- • helpful to read their day- to-day comments about the ups and downs of living in China. In China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn meticulously document and analyze the dramatic changes China is undergoing. Husband and wife and Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporters, they explain that never before in recorded histo- ry has such a large population risen from poverty so quickly (170 mil- lion, raised from absolute poverty since 1978). They cite a prediction attributed to Napolean that "when China wakes, it will shake the world." The book's theme is that China is wak- ing. China has become a consumer society, and the implications of more than 900 million peasants with increasing "buying power" are staggering• Accounts of human rights viola- tions and the government's control of its subjects add a grim element. Wudunn, a Chinese-American, writes that two dimensions are pre- sent in China: "The government represses the people at the same time that it allows them to emerge from polio and poverty." In China (a Frommer guide- book), J. D. Brown answers a basic question: why go? "No other place on earth quite possesses such an intensity of beauty and strangeness, no other nation has a longer or rich- er historical legacy, and no other nation is likely to be as important in the 21st century." Kristof and" Wudunn point out that China-watching and China-pre- dicting make weather forecasting look accurate and precise. China's emergence so far is unparalleled in history, but the final outcome is far from certain. After all my reading, my only prediction is that more and more Americans will become China- watchers. g $68-243O was not present was called for $1130 on 30, at the Bellingham , . Day Drawing. ,eb. 6, the drawing will B I on spent from Jan. 9- 18 De Nancy Olson home at Neal, Stacy and Lucas NT i at Prior Lake; and Kent on home at Eden Prairie. Id Carol Olson attended for Mahlon Bly at riday, jan. 25. [sttepler visited at the Ed i .tsch h°me °n Friday Kim Amber and Karges, Nicholas of, Willmar were Saturday, Jan. 26 dinner and afternoon visitors at the Duane and Margret Smzckrath home. Lyle and Karen Schake visited Sunday evening at the Earl and Margaret Schake home. Monday Margaret Schake and Theresa Rienke of Ortonville visited Sally Roggenbuck and Evelyn Mack at Northridge in Ortonville. Grandsons Lucas and Chandler spent the day on Tuesday at the home of their grandparents Wally and Lois Larson. Ron and Joleen Van Hoorn were additional Tuesday evening supper guests, St, Paul's Church Ruth Circle met Wednesday morning Jan, 30 at the Carol Olson home. Seven members two =nits lwork, I aont :ady HOURS: tdon.-Fti. 8AM-5:30PM; Sat. 8AM-SPM MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 us at the Great Western Minnesota Get Together & Sunday, February 9 & 10 Taco Salads, Prime Rib, Roast Beef Sandwiches and Brats able I LCXALLY GROWN BEEF - Per lb. RING 9 OUARrE.S - oR S, DES ............... S 1.4,9 99€ Us Cater Your Event! plant - Market your beef and pork anywhere! and two guests ,xcre present. Margarel Klefsaas led the Bible Study. A delicious lunch was served by the hostess, Carol Olson.. Wednesday afternoon visitor at the Earl and Margaret Schake home was Venus Nelson of Madison. Louisburg Alan and Ruth Hansen attended a large family gathering at Chuck and Karen Ortquist home at rural Cokato at noon on Sunday, Jan. 20. They celebrated the 80th birthday of Ruth's brother-in-law Pastor Ted Lee and brother David Axelson's birthday. Joyce Letrud visited with Elaine Lawson and Helen Dawald at Northridge Friday afternoon. Abby Johnson spent the weekend with her parents Richard and Terry Johnson. National Consumer protection Week (Edi note: Big Stone City's Postmaster, Greg Strobl submits the following in observance of National Consumer Protection Week, Feb. 4-9.) "Assemble our products at home. Earn $200 per week." How often have you seen such an advertisement or ones like it? Advertised opportunities to earn money by doing work in your home are frequently nothing more than fraudulent schemes and, at best, rarely result in any meaningful earnings. The targets of the work-at-home con artists are those who need extra money but who are not able to work outside their homes. Victims typically include mothers at home caring for young children, the unemployed, the elderly, handicapped per.,,ons and people with low incomes. These ads typically promise a "large income" for working on projects "in great demand." Some promotions stress that "no experience is necessary," while others indicate that "no investment is required." The one characteristic common to all of these schemes is that you are required to purchase something before you arc able to start work, Probably, the most common kind of work-at-home scheme is envelope stuffing• Typically, all you receive for your money are instructions to place an ad like the one you answered. which requires you to rip off your fellow citizens to make any money. Remember: modern mailing techniques and equipment have virtually eliminated the need for homeworkers to perform legitimate envelope stuffing, addressing, and mailing services from their homes. Some work-at-home schemes don't really offer work in the home, but sell ideas fi,r cttin up h.rnc buslaesses. Other chemes reqmre you to raise animals. Many schemes require you to produce items, such as sewing baby booties or aprons, making Christmas wreaths or toys, or fabricating other specialty products. You are not told that you will have to sell these items yourself and that there is generally little or no market for them. The promoters of such schemes are only interested in selling you something--that is, the ideas, animals, or materials you need to start your business• Sometimes the promoters indicate that "no selling is required." They promise to buy back any items you make, as long as your workmanship is "acceptable" or up to their "high standards•" Of course, these promoters will reject everything you send them by telling you that your finished products do not meet their standards. Once again, you are left to sell the items on your own, if you can. If you fall victim to a work-at- home scheme, immediately notify your, local postmaster or the nearest Postal Inspector. The sooner postal inspectors become aware of such a scheme, the sooner they can prevent other people from being defrauded. Find a honey of a deal in the WREII8 llj00 WHEN: Tue, Feb 12 TM 6:00 PM Basic Computing Basic Internet WHB: Radio Shock Main Street, Ortonville Please call for a more detailed deJ;cription of each closS/ To register call- B39-3264 Pos dro Copy this week from readers Andrea and Jim Uphoff of St. Joseph: "Hi, Jim and Crew!" "Along with renewing our subscriptim, I thought I'd tell you a little about the wonderful Christmas/New Year's gift from our son, Kyle--a trip to visit him in Sydney, Australia, where he has lived for over seven years!" "We flew down under on Dec. 28 and returned on Jan. 13. Very warm weather, but the usually beautiful blue sky was-often hazy because of the bush fires that were ongoing while we were there. Had a wonderful time in the warmth of suminer and did a lot of sightseeing." "Kyle worked for VUE Pacific Pty. Ltd., as Vice President - Asia Pacific, but he received a promotion in December and is now the Vice President - Asia Pacific Testing and Assessment for NCS Pearson, which is based in the UK. NSC Pearson is a global provider of applications, services and technologies for education, testing, assessment and complex data management." "They are the largest commercial test processor. VUE is the electronic testing division of NCS Pearson, servicing the Information Technologies Industry and the Professional Certification and Licensure markets. VUE has 2,400 authorized testing centers and is rapidly expanding their network. Interesting web sites are available at www•vue.com and www.ncspearson.com." "Besides establishing and managing the office in Sydney, he also established and manages offices in Beiiing, Tokyo and New Delhi. Certainly a long way from growing up on a farm !" "The only bad thing about his promotion is that his manager is now in London instead of Eden Prairie, so we won't see him once a year like we were used to doing. Don't know when he will be back to visit the US." "I checked out your web site and it is very well done. Very colorful and informational." "I have enclosed a check for renewal, so please keep the paper coming our way! I've also enclosed a couple of pictures of Kyle, Jim and myself basking in the warm sun of Australia!" w Check out our web site at ww.ortonvilleindependent.comj] t KYLE, ANDREA AND JIM UPHOFF are shown here on Andrea and Jim's recent trip to visit Kyle in Australia. True Minnesota Some things are distinctly MinneSotan -- like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, recognized for delivering quality health care plans for nearly 70 years. That's why more MinnesOtans choose Blue Cross than any other plan, Call me for individual or group plans or plans that work with Medicare. 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