Thank you for expressing your interest in joining me as
an active member of my exchange team for the cultural exchange to China in
spring 2006. For many, myself included, this is the chance of a lifetime!
I’ve added your name to a short list of individuals
who have contacted me directly for further information about this exchange,
and how to apply. I know many of you where not able to attend the
presentation at SAM last Thursday. Thank you for your emails and phone calls
pertaining to the program. I can send you my points of the presentation if
you request them. To those of you who were able to attend, thank you very
much, I appreciate your support. Many questions were answered formally and
informally; however, as the exchange program is still in the planning stages
I am not able to give you definite answers concerning some of your most
important questions; dates, duration, itinerary, and cost. Jitka Wong, CEO
of World Trade Exchanges (WTE) tells me it will be July possibly August
before this information will be available, mainly because information and
pricing of international flights will not be available until then.
The points of destination will be as
follows, but not necessarily in this order: Beijing, Xi’an, Jingdezhen, Yixing, and
Shanghai. We will
depart from Seattle most likely in May 2006 for 12 days, which gives us 10
days in China at an estimated cost of $3,800 to $5000 based on double
occupancy. We will eat in first class restaurants and sleep in 4 and 5 star
hotels. All meals, interpreters, guides, air and land travel (including
taxes), extensive sightseeing, tickets to designated exhibits and
performances, meeting rooms, gratuities, basic travel and medical insurance,
Chinese visa, and a documented record of your visit to China (which can be
helpful in providing validation for business, education or tax purposes) are
all included in the fee. All of this plus the sites you’ll visit, the
things you’ll see, experiences you will have, first hand look at Chinese
culture, and the invaluable contacts you will make, adds up to an incredible
There is so much to do in China, but we only have a limited time there. Remember, this is not a tour. As a group of artist on this cultural exchange and guests of the China Workers’ Center for International Exchange we will have access to people and places not available to tourist!
I am interested in what you want to see and do while
visiting these sites. Those who commit early will have
the opportunity to influence the decision making process, and can take
advantage of the “Early Bird Discount”.
At the presentation in the
Seattle Art Museum, the question of obtaining financing for this exchange
was raised. I heard some very creative ways of dealing with financing, from
selling shares of your exchange, finding business sponsors, applying for
grants, to employer sponsorship, and personal loans. The rewards from this
exchange will be many and if you have the desire to go you will make things
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Submitting a formal letter
of interest (e-mail’s fine) to me is the next step in forming my exchange
team. When the official itinerary and registration forms become available
(July/August 2005) you will be able to officially register for the exchange.
I hope you can join me in
this experience of a lifetime!