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Journey East web site




Created at Leland & Gray High School in Townshend, Vermont, supported by the Asian Studies Outreach Program (ASOP) at the University of Vermont (UVM), and funded primarily through a grant from the Freeman Foundation,

Journey East, as a whole, consists of the Asian Studies Academy and Sino-American Performing Arts Exchange at Leland and Gray Union High School; the integration of an Asian Studies curriculum throughout the Windham Central Supervisory Union, and the introduction of Chinese language programs into the district.

We wish to thank Holden Waterman, Director of the Asian Studies Outreach Program University of Vermont, and Dr. Juefei Wang, (former Director of the ASOP).

The Leland and Gray Journey East program is deeply indebted, and extends its heartfelt thanks, to Dr. Juefei Wang and Tom Connor, without whose efforts and support this program would not be possible!

Leland & Gray
Journey East 2010

Tom Connor
Program Director

Jenny Connor
Ron Kelley


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Diane Newton
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Where Are They Now?




Six time’s a charm!

Journey East number 6!! We took our first trip together in 2002. Six journeys later, we are together again!

We are going to be spending a lot of time together over the next month, so let me introduce myself to you. My name is John Reinhardt (my wife, Lynn, and I are from Brookline) and our daughter, Kim, participated as a Freshman (L&G) in the program in 2002. I have been the tour guide for each of these six Journeys East.

Before we begin, let’s go the basics: Feel free to check each day’s page several times a day. Some days we’ll have an early morning post and that’s all we’ll get. Other days will bring us a late post, or maybe even a second post during the day. There is no telling what we’ll get and how often. China is 12 hours ahead of us, the group will be very busy each day, so communication can come in at any time.

This journey will be a lot like tuning into your favorite television show. You are not only going to learn a lot along the way, each day will be filled with magnificent photos, fascinating stories written by the students, reports of the activities by the group leaders and chaperones, and miscellaneous tidbits, humor, and fun facts.

To help guide you as to whom is speaking in the commentary, the student reporting will be in one color and the adults in another color. And my writing will be in black.

For most of you, this is your first time participating in Journey East. For others, you’ve been through this before, either as a parent or an interested passenger, and are back again as a fan of the program. For you parents, it is our hope that this site will provide a connection to your child and will make the separation easier to handle.

The navigation buttons from day to day will be on the left. “Where are They Now?” link at top will show a map of China and an arrow showing you the progress throughout the trip.

There is a special page now for group photos.

If, during the journey, you have any questions, comments, or wish to share any correspondence (e-mails or phone calls) you have with your child, feel free to them to me at And let me know if you wish to allow this information to shared with others.

Oh, and like all the other years, there will be a quiz at the end (you didn’t think you were going to be allowed to just sit there quietly while we do all the work, did you?). So pay attention. There’s a lot to see and do.

For the next month, we are all in this together -- one big JE family!

Okay, so the group takes off tomorrow morning at 9:40 am. Get a good night’s sleep. The journey begins tomorrow . . .


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Program Director: Tom Connor
webmaster/narrator: John Reinhardt