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We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.

We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou






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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Lesson #1 - Chinese Population

The China Population Information and Research Center has a running tally of the population of China. As of now, it is approximately 1.32 billion people which is roughly 20-22% of the entire world's population. So, look ahead, behind, right and left of you on this planet, and odds are one of them are Chinese. Furthermore, approximately 43% of the population live in urban areas, while 57% still live in rural areas. The percentage of urban dwellers will continue to rise as an alarming number people flock to the cities as China begins to industrialize and expand in world trading. To put this in perspective, according to the U.S. census, the United States has a population of about 301 million as of July 2007. Several sources dispute the land area of China as well as the United States, so it is actually a bit more complicated to count the population density of both countries. Nonetheless, both China and the United States have a land area of 9.6 million square kilometers. In sum, take your areas in the U.S. and cram about 4 times as many people and it would give you a good idea of the population density of China.

Jamie and I are not quite sure how dense the population will be in Shekou or if we can even compare it to anything in the U.S. We'll soon find out and of course I will let you know.

I don't want to overwhelm you on your first lesson, so I'll let this be our first session. Go out and education someone as to the statistics. Since I am working on my PhD, it pains me not to cite everything. I try to use government statistics on all of these numbers. Most will be just regular encyclopedia stats. Let me know if you want a source, and I can dig it up.

My truck is officially for sale now, so if anything knows anyone who wants a new truck, let me know. Those of you who have seen my truck know that it is in excellent shape.
Here is a picture. Dandy truck isn't it?

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