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March 2002

 

Yunnan Province hails professor for service in China

In connection with the People’s Republic of China National Day celebration October 1, associate professor of anthropology Charles “Chas” McKhann traveled to Kunming to receive the Cai Yun award from the governor of Yunnan Province. About 10 awards are given each year
to foreign experts who have distinguished themselves through their dedicated service to the people of Yunnan Province.

A 1979 Whitman graduate, McKhann first went to China in 1982 to teach English at Yunnan University under the Whitman in China exchange program. For the last two decades he has been involved in ethnographic research among the Tibeto-Burman people of northwestern Yunnan. In addition, he has worked to develop academic exchanges between Whitman College, Yunnan University, the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, and other institutions of higher learning in China.

Chas McKhann, '79, left, was honored for his service to the people of China. His former student Gan Xuechun, (Whitman 1994-95), right, is director of Yunnan University's international exchange programs.
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