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Donor Spotlight: Meet Hong Liu

18 May 2015

Hong LiuAn early supporter of Primary Source, Hong Liu met co-founder Anne Watt while running a summer school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the early 1990s. She appreciated that the organization focused on informing teachers about world histories, cultures, and global issues. "I always admired the direction and aim of Primary Source," says Hong. "Promoting understanding and respect through knowledge sharing is something that resonates with me." An educator in the Medford Public Schools for over 22 years, Hong relates her own experiences as an immigrant when stressing the importance of promoting global education in schools. "I learned quickly that students are eager to know what’s going on in other countries, especially if it can be taught in a contemporary way."

Hong has participated in many Primary Source workshops and dinner events over the years and values the balance of programming that we offer to educators. "When teachers can take advantage of courses on ancient civilizations as well as contemporary world issues, it broadens their knowledge base and leads to more open-minded students." Just back from a study tour to Cuba with her Medford colleagues, Hong knows the power of travelling with other educators. "Seeing firsthand how countries handle global issues, such as poverty and unemployment, really opens your eyes and gives you new perspectives." She is hoping to join Primary Source on a future study tour as a way to advance her understanding of our approach to global education.

Hong recently donated her resources and talent by providing a feast of homemade Chinese dishes at our China Reunion Event for past China study tour program participants this past April. Her cooking was enjoyed by over 100 guests and received rave reviews. For Hong, there are many ways to share knowledge about a country, and cooking is one of her favorites. "I am deeply motivated to share my gifts with Primary Source; when I share my food, I am sharing my joy," she says. "Classroom learning can be just as joyful an experience for students, and Primary Source is making sure that happens."

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