Archive - April 15, 2016

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RPCVs trying to tell the Peace Corps story — not if HQ can stop them
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Peace Corps: Share Your Story at Recruitment Events
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Review — STREET OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS by Rob Schmitz (China)

RPCVs trying to tell the Peace Corps story — not if HQ can stop them

The first Peace Corps film was done by RPCVs from Nigeria, David Schickele and Roger Landrum, both Nigeria 1 (1962-64) PCVs. The film Give Me A Riddle was shot in 1966. The producer and director, the late David Schickele, said about making the film, Nigeria became an independent country in 1960. In 1967 it was torn apart by civil war. Between these two events Nigeria enjoyed a kind of golden age, full of cultural ferment and cross-tribal fertilization. Every kid out of the village was writing the great Nigerian novel. A spirit of great hope prevailed through the land. Give Me A Riddle is about this golden age, seen through the eyes of ex-Peace Corps Volunteer — Roger Landrum — returning to his host country a couple of years after his Peace Corps service as a teacher at the University of Nigeria. The film follows Roger as he looks up his former students . . .

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Peace Corps: Share Your Story at Recruitment Events

Check the Peace Corps Third Goal for more details. thirdgoal@peacecorps.gov Peace Corps Recruiment * CA, Berkeley – 04/26 – Send-Off Party * CA, Hayward – 04/28 – CSUEB Career Fair * CA, Sacramento – 04/26 – Working in Women’s Empowerment Abroad * CA, Sacramento – 04/27 – Peace Corps Service in Latin America * CO, Denver – 05/01 – Make Your Encore Years Count * CO, Denver – 05/210 – Invitee Send-Off Brunch * DE, Newark, – 04/14 – Service Panel: Opportunities at Home and Abroad * FL, Gainesville – 04/19 – Success in Service: Hear from Returned Volunteers * FL, Tampa – 04/16 – Peace Corps Send-Off Party * GA, Brunswick – 04/22 – International Festival at Coastal College of Georgia * ID, Boise – 04/15 – Boise Send-Off * KY, Morehead – 04/26 – Morehead State University’s Networking Dinner * MD, Baltimore – 04/28 – Special Event: Peace Corps Send-Off Party * MN, Minneapolis – 04/15 – Peace Corps Social * NJ, Mahwah – 04/20 – Peace Corps at Ramapo . . .

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Review — STREET OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS by Rob Schmitz (China)

  Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz (China 1996–98) Crown May 2016 336 pages $28.00 (paperback), $13.99 (Kindle) Reviewed by Peter Van Deekle (Iran 1968-70)  • How can any Westerner comprehend much less understand the complexities of modern China?  With its vast landmass and diverse populations, its centuries-long dynasties, imposed isolation from the world, and its dynamic political and financial emergence, China represents the ultimate challenge for modern international relations. So, what prospects can an American have for beginning to grasp the conflicting and converging elements of modern China? While these prospects may face any American, Peace Corps service (begun toward the end of the Twentieth Century in China — 1993) offers among the broadest and deepest opportunities for meaningful understanding of China’s ancient traditions and incredibly rapid growth and change today. Rob Schmitz accepted his Peace Corps assignment to China in 1996, and served there for . . .

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