In my last blog, I will talk about the progress I have made in my project in the past few weeks and share the future prospect of my project.
The past few weeks, a new member, Komeli, joined the Chester County China Initiative team. He has stayed in Beijing for 7 years and has learned mandarin during this stay. After graduating from Tsinghua University in 2013, Komeli started an international trade company. Continue reading
This week’s blog will focus on my reflection on my project and what I have learned thus far. In addition to this, I will also talk about my goals for the remaining time of my project.
I think one of the biggest challenges I faced so far is the efficiency in moving my project forward. One of the unique parts of my project is that I am able to work with governing officials, but this has also posed problems for me since I am not able to control the pace of my project. The people I am working with generally take time to contact, and I cannot text them and expect an immediate response since they are all busy people.
As a result, I have developed patience and…subtle ways to remind them to respond to my emails. I think it’s also interesting to learn to work with different people.
In terms of how I am doing with my timeline, I think I am not following the timeline directly. Instead, I am incorporating various unplanned things into my timeline. For example, my original plan was to build a relationship with Chester County and Yanqing County. However, along the way, I also learned other interesting things such as the help desk and am working to see if I can do anything to help them.
Another important lesson I learned is how to best use my time. I think doing an independent project allows me to manage my time base on what I need and I have found ways to make my independent study efficient and effective. One of the ways I do this is through time management. Click here to learn more about time management!
In the last third of the semester, I would like to continue to work on the connection between Yanqing County and Chester County. Good news I have received this week is that there is a special person in the County that works on China Initiative, and I am already in contact with her. I hope we can move forward together.
I have mentioned Commissioner Farrell many times in my previous blog. However, I have not had a chance to talk about my relationship with him, how I started this project and why I continue working on this.
I met Commissioner Farrell in 2014, before the start of my freshman year, during my visit to Westtown School. He is a friend of my guardian, who is my father’s classmate from HBS, and he currently lives in Havertown. We had dinner together at Iron Hill in West Chester. At that time, he briefly introduced Chester County to me and my parents. That dinner not only helped me to choose Westtown among other schools that accepted me but also laid a solid foundation for my work in Chester County commissioner’s office. Continue reading
As I mentioned in my previous blogs, Commissioner Terence Farrell just got back from his trip to China. To briefly summarize his visit, they had a very successful groundbreaking of the facility for the mushroom production and they also established a Sister County Municipality with Funan County. Below is a picture of the agreement signing. Click here to read more about their agreement! (As an FYI: you might need some translating tools. I wasn’t able to find the article in English- sorry!) Continue reading
I had some difficulty getting through my project in the past two weeks since the Commissioner was out in China for the groundbreaking of the mushroom production facility. However, I am able to track his visit and proceed with my project from here. According to my recent communication with him, they had a successful launching activity in China and the activity serves as a starting place for future cooperation opportunities.
Funan is where the groundbreaking event took place. The county is located in Anhui Province. Its unique location and abundant resources allow Funan to become an ideal place for producing mushrooms. At present, the county has a cultivated fungus area of 1.2 million acres. The area consists of 7 different kinds of mushrooms, of which four products are recognized as pollution-free product, and the other three are given green product certificates. Funan Lianmei company is an American company based in Funan for the production of mushrooms. The company is planning on investing 1 billion Yuan and use advanced technology in America to achieve an annual production of 30,000 tons of mushrooms. If all goes well, they will be able to gain an annual profit of 100 million Yuan, and provide 1000 job opportunities for the local community. To read more about the cooperation, click here(you might need some translating tools, I was not able to find the same article in English). The picture below captures the groundbreaking event.
It is interesting to see how a small county in China gets into business partnership with a company in Chester County area. I think China Initiative is definitely powerful and will bring more prosperity for both China and America. I will be blogging more about this cooperation after talking about it more with Commissioner Farrell.
In the meantime, I had a conference with his assistant last week about some plans moving forward.Commissioner Terrence Farrell has gained permission from the other two commissioners to establish a Sister Municipality agreement. Their decision allows me to move forward as a liaison between both places. I am very excited for the future development of this project.
In my previous blogs, I mentioned many times the concept of establishing a Sister County agreement between two places. However, I haven’t had a chance to talk about what a Sister County relationship is, the representation behind it, and the effect. So, my blog this week will focus on “What is a Sister County” and some updates on Commissioner Terrence Farrell’s upcoming trip to China. Continue reading
My original plan for this week’s blog is to focus on the sister county initiative between Chester County and Yanqing District. However, since that part is mainly logistics and might appear to be boring, I decided to focus this week’s blog on my meeting with the congressman, Ryan Costello. Continue reading
As I mentioned in my previous blog, one of the major goals for my project is to help Chester County and Yanqing District to start some initiatives. Education is a certainly a field both sides want to work on. However, without the understanding of the education system in both Chester County and Yanqing District, it would be difficult to propose any new policy. After my conference with commissioner Terrence Farewell last week, we set up a starting place. Continue reading
I had the honor of meeting one of the Chester County commissioners through my guardian the year I visited Westtown. Because of this connection I was able to create an internship for myself. Since the very end of my sophomore year, I started my internship in Chester County’s commissioner’s office. Most recently, I wanted to help a district in Beijing build connections with Chester County and possibly have some school exchange project. With this goal in mind, I visited Yanqing District in Beijing, China this summer. Yanqing District is located in the north-western part of Beijing. My primary goal visiting Yanqing was to follow-up on what was being discussed in May, 2017. Continue reading