my book – Like an Egg in a Bowl of Cherries
Year of Adventures, SARS, Wet-Markets, and Profound Realizations
Teaching in China
As a college professor, I've been
teaching a course titled “Race Relations” for close to a decade now. In that
course, I revisit many of my past experiences in China to provide examples of
cultural differences, cultural similarities, and to illuminate the many connections
that humans have with one other. I also use my experiences to talk about
After 16 years, I've finally published a memoir about my experiences living and teaching for a year in Dalian China.
My book can be found on Kindle and on Amazon = ISBN: 979649443777
Like an Egg in a Bowl of Cherriesis a memoir that
will appeal to those with a lust for life and a passion for exploration.
Drawing from hand-written journal entries and emails sent home while living and
working for a year in Dalian, China (2002-2003), readers are taken on an
entertaining ride filled with humor, sarcasm, and irreverence.
To encourage critical thinking and competitiveness, I hold up a prize (usually candy or gift cards) that they will receive if they can tell me ONE such "preference." I've never had to give away anything since I started teaching my Race Relations class close to 8 years ago, and I let my students know that fact. We then discuss "preferences" as a class. I provide examples of true dating preferences as characteristics that cannot be solely attributed to a particular race. Examples I give are skin color (dark skin can be found among Black Americans, Aboriginal Australians, Cambodians, etc.
The Zealot/Defensive Stage of the Majority Identity Development Model is what I choose to focus on during this activity. Here's how the activity progresses. First, I let students know that we're about to talk about racial preferences in dating. I then ask them to not "out" themselves in any way during the activity and instead to speak ab out people they know who engage in any of the behaviors, give any of the justifications, or think any of the thoughts that they will discuss within their small groups.
At the university where I work, I am the lead instructor for a course titled "Race Relations." I've been teaching the course for over 7 years, and it's one of the most impactful classes I teach (both personally and for many of my students). One of the lesson plans I created on was an introspective activity titled "Racial Preferences in Dating?" With trial-and-error experiences, this activity, using a PowerPoint presentation as a guide and small discussion groups to process, was found best to be introduced beyond the half-way point in any semester.
As an educator, I'm always looking for new ways to engage and inform my students. When I came across the Flipboard, an on-line platform where people can create and customize their own e-magazines, I immediately recognized its potential as a teaching aid. No matter what topic you teach, you can create a Flipboard magazine full of information connected to the material you cover in class.
I have spent more than a year populating my e-magazines on Flipboard with a wide variety of relevant news articles, research reports, and opinion pieces.
It's finally available! If you found the information in my sexuality blog posts interesting and informative, you'll love having access to all the important and relevant sexuality research and information contained in my textbook!
Here's the link that will show you how to get a free preview of our textbook. You can also order a copy for yourself, or adopt it for a class you teach:
This is how Cognella describes our book:
Since the beginning of the fall 2014 school semester, I've had the pleasure and privilege to teach my class "Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers" at two different college campuses. In my course, students are required to use my textbook with the same title. That textbook is scheduled to be released nationally near the end of January 2015 from Cognella Publishing. When that historic event happens, I'll write all about it here.
On the topic of publications, I'm proud to announce that my Human Sexuality dissertation has been made available in book-form through LAMBERT Academic Publishing.
A:What we know about trans-related (i.e.,
transgender, transsexual, intersex) topics has grown significantly over recent
years. However, individuals who identify as being neither “male” nor “female”
or of being something entirely different, a third gender if you will, is a
human reality depicted in our earliest writings and artworks. Before getting to
the answer, I feel it’s necessary to provide a brief historical background of
indigenous American Two-Spirit people.
North and South America, many of the native population’s creation myths
Q: What do
you think about premarital sex between teenagers?
A: This is common question I get from my Chinese college
students. What I think about
premarital sex, in other words, whether or not I agree or disagree with it is
irrelevant. Teenagers in China,
and all over the world, are going to engage in premarital sex regardless of
what anyone thinks or feels. In
fact, China has witnessed a steady growth in teens engaging in premarital sex
since the Open Door and Reform Era policies began in 1976.