We expect to defer planning major tours until they can be scheduled after the August 2008 Beijing Olympics. We are looking at a dining tour, and an art tour. Closer to Columbia, we are looking into a special visit to the Chinese art exhibits in Kansas City. More information will be announced here and to CFC members.


During a October 2008 trip to China, Hsiao-Mei Wiedmeyer met with Charles Smith, a retired MoX driver and member of CFC who has been living in Beijing since March 2008. "Charles might have a limited Chinese vocabulary," Hsiao-Mei observed, "but he has not found it difficult to form friendships and communicate with the people he meets." Smith will return to Columbia, but plans in 2009 to return to China to live there.