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Sara Forrest
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June 20, 2000

China and the Yangtse River
An Exploration of the Middle Kingdom
April 11-28, 2000

Dear Alumnae and Friends of Bryn Mawr:

In April 2000, we embark on an exploration of China, including the Yangtse River and fascinating Chinese cities. China has always been at the heart of our image of Asia. Our tour will balance experience and discovery of Chinese reality with our imagination of that fabled land.

On our journey, you will discover the incredible diversity of China's regional cultures, from the metropolitan and modern to the natural and historic. One moment we immerse ourselves in China's imperial past; the next, we gain an understanding of the unique character of the people.

On the Yangtse River, our journey aboard the East King cruise ship allows us to enjoy the magnificent river culture to the fullest; it includes daily stops on the way downstream. As we all know, work proceeds apace on the Yangtse Dam, and though the river still flows unimpeded, thousands who formerly dwelt on the Yangtse's banks have already been relocated. Soon, this world treasure will be lost forever.

We are very fortunate to have leading our tour, June Mei, Bryn Mawr class of 1966. June is deeply involved in US-China exchange, working extensively in the political and business worlds to foster relations between the two countries. In 1999, she was invited by Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji to be his principal interpreter for American TV interviews and for his visit to New York and Boston -- the first time any senior Chinese leader has asked someone other than an offical Chinese government interpreter to do so.

Space is limited on this tour. We cordially invite you to join us, and look forward to your participation. China will certainly be a very exciting destination for us!

Sincerely yours,
Sara Forrest
Associate Director, Alumnae Association