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hope the first class will be made up of 20 or so students from a number of universities. “Cathi and I will be teaching,” says Steven. “We’ll have one or two other professors come too, one from Virginia Tech and one from another school, so there will be four of us there. “We’re not considering only professors, but also architects from our generation who are successful and well-established and who do exceptional work,” adds Cathi. “The school also includes two beautiful guest houses as part of the complex, and we’re using those as a bit of enticement for people to come.” Steven and Cathi hope the school will inspire its students the way travel has always affected them.

experiencing a personal cultural revolution
John Pomfret author and International Journalist
John PomFret WaS one oF the FIrSt American

students to live and study in China when the country was beginning to transition out of the Maoist Cultural Revolution, and says, “It changed my life, to put it mildly.” Which is something for a guy who went to Stanford intending to become a scientist and left as an international journalist. “I went to Stanford thinking I’d become a neurophysiologist,” he says. “I was taking all of these science classes. On a lark, I took a humanities class where we read Mao and Marx and all of that. I did pretty well in it and my professor encouraged me to take more Chinese history.” His interests shifted, and he began studying Asian studies in earnest. In 1980, after his junior year, he was offered the chance to go to China’s Nanjing University, and he jumped at it. “It was an increasingly interesting time,” he says. “I was given the opportunity to live there and I just took it. The great thing with living abroad is that you see how history happens instead of reading about it. And at that time, history was happening every day. China was shedding off its cultural revolution and adopting economic reforms, and it had been closed since 1949. The trip took all the theoretical and book learning I’d john Pomfret amassed about China and put it all into a very deep context.” Pomfret grew up in Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by families who vacationed in Europe and Mexico, but says his household stayed put for the most part. “I didn’t have any preconceived notions of what it was going to be like,” he says. “I don’t know why, but I wasn’t expecting it to be different than it was. I’d had so little opportunity to travel before that—I wasn’t a well-traveled kid. I didn’t have images to draw on, but I

wasn’t surprised. I guess nothing fazes you if you’re from New York.” He also looks back on what seemed like a missed opportunity at the time, and considers it a blessing today. “Stanford had a program in Taiwan and I’d applied for that,” he says. “Luckily for me, I didn’t get into it—it was to teach English. The opportunity came along to go to China a few months later, and if I’d gotten the Taiwan gig, I wouldn’t have been able to go to the mainland, which was a real adventure.” “It was really far away,” he remembers. “It took six hours to book a phone call, and it took a month for mail to get home. There were no direct flights at all. I wanted an adventure, I think, an adventure right off the map. There are very few places like that anymore.” He returned home from his studies, graduated from Stanford, and then headed out to Singapore as a Fulbright scholar, at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. “I learned Chinese and I thought about being an academic or going into government work,” he says. “I was sending job applications for those sort of things while on the Fulbright, not realizing they didn’t answer inquiries from overseas. I knew I liked to travel and I liked to write. That was the first experience that taught me this is what I wanted to do.” He landed a job at a medium-size newspaper in California, and was soon sent back to China to cover it for the Associated Press, specifically because he had a background there. He stayed until after the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising, when all foreign journalists were expelled from the country. Then, he began traveling the world, covering war zones for the AP and the Washington Post, which hired him in 1992 and sent him straight to Bosnia. “That initial experience in China, learning a foreign language and getting that experience, made it possible for me to be a correspondent,” he says. “It was critical to my career success.” Pomfret took multiple overseas assignments before learning in 1998 that he was headed back to China. And that’s when another turn came for him. “I’d always had this photograph on my wall of my Nanjing classmates and me,” he says. “It was taken in 1981. I lived with seven other guys in a very small room—maybe 10 by 15—with bunk beds, so it was a very intensive experience. My room in Brooklyn was bigger than that room by far.” The photo, he says, looked like something from the 1930s. “I was throwing out ideas to a friend of mine about writing about these guys,” he says. “And he told me that nobody wanted to read about my old stories, and I thought I could use their lives to fuel a narrative. I could string them together to paint a picture of what China was like then.” He started looking up his old classmates, who had, by then, scattered around the world. After spending time with each of them, he wrote Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates, and the Story of the New China, which was published in 2007. He’s currently working on another book about China.

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Frontlines
In Brief
Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
Building Partnerships: Indonesia and the United States
One Path— Many Destinations
Windfall Scholarships for Education Abroad
66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
FSA
International Enrollment
Partnering
A View From Out Here
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