Chinese culture, languages and the differences between China and the United States and one man's experiences in learning to understand all of them was the topic of Sheridan College in Johnson County's presentation of “Todd Cornell-20 years in China” Wednesday night.
Cornell gave an audio/visual presentation of his experience living more than 20 years in many different areas of China: Taiwan, Mongolia, Beijing to name just a few.
He shared with those in attendance a rare look into a very different culture and people that few Westerners get to see.
During his many years living and working there, he learned to speak Mandarin, and passed what is called an HSK exam to show minimum required proficiency in Mandarin which allowed him to eventually earn the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in Mongolian Language and Literature at Inner Mongolia University.
Cornell said he was pleasantly surprised by Wednesday night's turnout, which was nearly 60 people.
Following the presentation was a reception to show off Cornell's collection of Chinese artwork, pottery, clothing and other items that will be on display through the end of May at the college.
Cornell will be teaching a Mandarin Class at SCJC this fall, and we will have more on that in an upcoming story.
For pictures from Wednesday night's presentation, go to the main page at sheridanmedia.com