Kyle Tong: Honorary Citizen of Hefei, China

Camden Conference in Union, ‘Chinese education: 20 years of evolution from catch-up to leadership’

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UNION — The Camden Conference presents Kyle Tong at the Vose Library in Union, Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. His talk will be “Chinese Education: 20 Years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership.”

This event is free and open to all.

The past twenty years of education in China has been a period of constant change. There are forces internally and externally that drive these changes. Curriculum serves several masters so some aspects of the educational system are quite progressive while others remain virtually unchanged. 

Having worked closely with the one-million-student school system of Hefei for two decades has allowed Tong to have a fairly unique window into the soul of China through the education of their young.

Tong will talk about the traditional systems, how they have been jerked into the 20th and 21st centuries, and how simple demographics drive so much in education as well as societal thinking. He will attempt to get beyond the stereotypes and delve deeper into the mind of the Middle Kingdom.

Kyle Tong has been an educator for thirty-five years. Since graduating from Bowdoin in 1983 with a degree concentration in East Asian history, Tong has been a teacher and administrator at Independent schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Ohio, and Maine, where he is currently the assistant to the head for Special Programs at Lincoln Academy.

While at Columbus Academy in Ohio, he started the East Asia Institute which involved teacher and student exchanges in East Asia and teacher training in Hefei, China.

An author of two textbooks on American Language and Culture for Chinese students and teachers, Tong received the Columbus Council for World Affairs Award for Outstanding International Educator in 2007. In 2013, he was bestowed with the title of Honorary Citizen of Hefei, China for his work with the City schools.

This presentation is hosted by the Vose Library in Union and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 32nd Annual Camden Conference – Is This China’s Century? – February 22 - 24, 2019.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues.

For more information, visit or call 207-236-1034.

Event Date: 

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Vose Library


392 Common Road
Union  Maine
United States

Contact Phone: 

(207) 236-1034