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Mr. Brian Harrison

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I sprang into this world in the USA in the southern state of Alabama and my interests since I was a boy were a myriad of different activities.  But I was an avid drawer and reader and also quite attached to the outdoors. 


As a child I had an insatiable curiosity about things, and a propensity towards exploring and discovering just for the sake of it, and I also had an innate desire to create.


For me, a person is healthy if they have something to wonder about. And so, sadly many schools today, dampen ones curiosity, when I believe teaching should be about igniting that curiosity. Awakening that sense of wonder.

From an early age I drew and daydreamed, and daydreamed and drew.  And many times those daydreams were about other places and what exactly life was like in those places. As a kid, I really wanted to travel and experience other cultures and adventures.   I began to read voraciously. Eventually, I began to pick up my pen or sit down at the keyboard to write.

In high school, I was part of the Newspaper Staff and the Art Club. I also was Mascot. I was voted Most Original but even then I felt sort of confined and couldn''t wait to graduate so that I could be free to explore this world and learn from it. 

In college, I was in a well-known Honor Society and published some poetry.  During this time, I took a few trips for medical aid to Central America. It was my first time out of the country.
Eventually, I began to mascot for the University.  I also, wrote for the university newspaper.  And finished with a BA in English. 

Soon, I was a young man living in Moscow, Russia teaching English in a one-on-one style to all types of Russians. College students, businessmen, accomplished linguists who worked as translators, children, Chechens, etc.


And during this time, I saw a great portion of the world. It was shortly after this experience that I had my first visit to China were my brother was teaching at a University in Wuhan. So I always knew that I wanted to come back here.  And so now, after traveling through 30 something countries, I am honored and proud to live in China, a very ancient, intriguing, and amazing place.

Last year, I was teaching English in South Korea and the more I was there, the more I became interested in China, ironically. I taught there one year, and then decided that I wanted to move to China and teach here.

Throughout my life, I have worked sundry jobs many of these part time and seasonal work..  Gravedigger, farmhand, sales representative for the entire Eastern side of the US (4 years),  A government Census worker, a firework salesman, an engraver, a fruit picker.

Now, if you ask me my accomplishments, the truth is, I may or may not mention the above notes.  Throughout the years, I seemed to have amassed a collection of tales and adventures of intriguing feats and experiences. These I rank as being notable for they not only display a feat as something one can do if one musters forth the courage, determination, tenacity or mind for it, but also the fact that many of these deal with the merging of differences between two cultures and a common understanding and respect that required for such a merging to take place. A point that I think is greatly needed in our world today. 

My accomplishments, if I dare boast about myself:
I have run with the bulls of Pamplona twice in my life.
I have participated in the world''s largest food fight.
I have climbed the highest mountain in Greece, the mythical home of the gods.
I have hiked through the Himalayas in Tibet with my brother, until we got to the base camp of Mt. Everest (Mt. Zhumulangma).
I''ve taught Buddhist monks in Tibet how to play air guitar.
I''ve survived 2 Russian winters.
I''ve acted in 2 different city plays.
I''ve jumped off the highest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. New Zealand.
I''ve climbed the highest mountain in Colorado, the highest in the US Rockies.
I''ve ridden on camel back til I got to some secluded Egyptian pyramids in the Sahara.
I have visited the inspirational places of many of the world''s greatest Art and Literature. From Italy to Ireland, from Greece to Russia.
In Turkey, I was a main dancer at a Muslim religious ceremony and I am not even Muslim.
In Indonesia, on the island of Bali, I got to participate in a Balinese Hindu Ceremony where I carried the chicken and goose for the sacrifice and I am not even Balinese Hindu either.
I''ve had some short stories published on a national site.
I like to pride myself in being able psychoanalyze people''s dreams.
And to write a good English sonnet.


Currently, I am happy to be here and happy to be teaching for I love explaining and sharing ideas and cultures to other young, interested minds. In my spare time, I plan on finishing writing a novel that I started writing last year. I also like helping people discover things about themselves. And while almost 700 students is quite a lot in this regard, I have already connected with a few students and I like hearing about their lives. It is my privilege to be here teaching. Thank you.



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