We had a GREAT night at VHOB Friday. 1st of all, there were 33 people there, our largest turnout since the Grand Opening night with Steve Sporleder. Second, JoAn Smith brought a big variety of Chinese snacks and beverages, which people took advantage of both before and after the event. Third, JoAn, (local) author of Chopstix, told some very interesting stories and gave us all her history and what led to her time spent in China. In fact, the book begins with JoAn at the Los Angeles airport, waiting for her flight to China.
I gave you some background about JoAn's book earlier this week, so I won't repeat myself (I know you're happy to hear that). I will say, though, that she told some great stories and gave us all a flavor of what it was like for an American to be immersed in a university in China. JoAn spent 2 years there, beginning in 2005, and I, for one, am looking forward to reading her book.
JoAn is in the middle.