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Mr. David Koenig

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I grew up in Summit, New Jersey, U.S.A. Summit is very much a traditional American suburb, in Summit''s case of New York City. I feel very fortunate in that from a very young age I got to experience many of New York City''s great cultural offerings on outings with my parents and school.

I first became interested in China and Asia because of stories and souvenirs my father used to bring back from his frequent Hong Kong business trips. As a young boy I particularly small Buddha figurines fascinating and mysterious.

My interest in China deepened during my time from ages 10 to 13 at The American Boychoir School, when we had a choir director who used Asian-inspired meditation and focusing techniques to enhance our performance. Like many boys, I also fell under the spell of Asian martial arts, including Kung Fu. This exposure led me to read and learn more about Chinese religion and philosophies, such as Buddhism and Taoism, which became a major influence on me to this day.

As an undergraduate at The University of Rochester(New York) I continued to pursue my interest in Asia through my coursework, initially focusing more on Japan, as I had become deeply enamored with Zen Buddhism and its focus on living in the present, and other Japanese points-of-view, such as an appreciation for beauty''s transience.

I spent my junior year abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo, studying Japanese culture and language. That experience was deeply enriched by living with a host family for one term. Upon returning to my American university, I spent a fifth year in a program called Take Five, which allowed undergraduates to spend a tuition-free fifth year at school working on a project outside of their major. During my time in Japan I had become fascinated with how Japan had gone from being quite a belligerent aggressor in WWII to adopting a pacifist constitution in its aftermath, and had consistently hewn to that non-militarism since then. Therefore my project was focused on the nature of human aggression, and productive ways to channel it, including pacifism and non-violence as a means for change.

After graduating with a history B.A., I spent three years as an Assistant English Teacher in Japan in The Jet Programme. This again deepened and reinforced my respect and interest with Japan and the rest of Asia.

While volunteering to help build a school in Thailand - which was a very moving and meaningful experience - I became ill, and came back to live with my parents in Virginia, U.S.A. to aid my recovery. For the next twelve years or so, I was somewhat incapacitated by this illness and could not do professional work. I tried to use this challenging time as spiritual practice.

While ill, I was still able to keep up with news, and China''s growth and development increasingly captivated me. The story of China''s rise for the last few decades - the pulling of hundreds of millions of people up from poverty, the expansion of health care and education, the spread of Chinese culture and ideas around the globe - is undoubtedly one of the greatest in human history. However, China - like any country - faces many challenges. I came to feel that if I were to get better, that I would love to come to China to help - even if only in a small way - to guide and optimize its development in a smart, green, abundant direction.

 

Thankfully I DID get over my illness, and after taking some time to get my strength back, I went back to school and got a Master''s in Library and Information Science from The University of South Carolina. After graduating, I was basically looking for some meaningful China-based work, and was taking a Chinese class at The College of William and Mary''s Confucius Institute. It just so happens that that school has a kind of partnership with BNU in Beijing, and I was very fortunate to notice, apply for, and be awarded the position of English Instructor there.

I started teaching at BNU in Beijing in Spring 2013. I very much enjoyed my time there, and also met and married a lovely Chinese woman - Caixia/Rosy - from Sichuan province. My time in China has also felt worthwhile because I feel like I’ve been able to bring some of the most constructive ideas, techniques, and so on from the West and at least expose my Chinese students to them. While liking many things about Beijing, such as the vibrant intellectual and artistic life, my wife and I became increasingly concerned about and tired of the frequent air and noise pollution. I had heard of BNU Zhuhai, and we jointly decided that it sounded like the kind of professional and personal environment that we would like more than Beijing.

I now feel very lucky that my application as a BNU Zhuhai instructor was accepted, and so far my wife and I have felt incredibly welcomed by the BNU Zhuhai and larger Zhuhai community. In the next few years, we would like to have at least one child, and I can''t think of any place better in China than Zhuhai to raise children.

My professional interests include: realizing human potential; organizational learning; and cultural exchange. As I teacher I try to not only teach a class’s subject, but to foster reflection, and wisdom. My personal interests include:  include fitness/exercise; art - both supporting and doing it; personal growth; and Chinese language and culture. I try to at least sometimes learn more Chinese, for reasons including that it enriches my life, and helps me to better understand and communicate with my wife, her family, and my Chinese colleagues and the rest of the BNU community.

In conclusion, Rosy and I are excited about doing our best to have a positive meaningful impact at BNU Zhuhai.



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