In June 2007, a group of 22 Business Administration, Communication, and History majors from Eastern Connecticut State University, along with their three professors, spent two exciting weeks exploring the People’s Republic of China.
History Professor Catherine Lynch, Weiping Liu, assistant professor of finance and a native of China, and Denise Matthews, associate professor of communication, joined the students in first visiting Shanghai, where the group experienced the pronounced Western influence on the metropolis. They then traveled to the city of Suzhou. To make sure that their students received a comprehensive view of China’s past, present and future, Lynch, Liu, and Matthews arranged to hear Suzhou University professors lecture about the history of the formal gardens in Suzhou and about business in China. The students also paid a visit to the Rogers Technologies Co., Ltd., an electronics manufacturer that once had operations in Willimantic. After exploring Suzhou, absorbing its culture, and visiting its museums, gardens, and shops, the group traveled to Beijing, where they stopped at the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and finally the Great Wall.