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Thursday, November 1, 2007

China's Rose Parade Challenges

Pasadena, CA city council continues to debate China's Entry into the Rose Parade. From a political prospective, smaller organizations have a chance to have their voices heard concerning China. The Pasadena City Council is in a lose lose situation no matter what they do, somebody will be unhappy saying they did to much, or to little.

Avery Dennison Corp. contributed half the cost of the float, which is not surprising since the founder of Avery who went to one of the Claremont Colleges, Pomona, organized a trip to China that made a lasting impression on him. Avery used to sponsor Claremont College students and recent alumni to spend a year in China having an adventure, but this looks like it has been discontinued. I applied for riding steam trains in China, but other worthier projects were chosen that year.

What I liked about the Avery China Adventure program was it gave a chance for students to really learn the Chinese culture by experiencing China by living there. The lists of projects that was done is amazing, from magicians to hiking remote areas to wine making to looking for gibbons. All adventures that were out of the ordinary.

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