Arlene J. Anderson is a Twin Ports native turned writer, teacher, traveler and speaker on resilience and leadership. She is currently working on her memoir to be released next summer. She believes there is always more music to play and dancing to do.
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I re-read the memo to be sure I hadn't read it wrong: "I told you not to hire a woman." A colleague wrote the sentence in a memo to the top boss and it was about me. My heart sank. A month earlier I aced a challenging test of industry jargon and completed a tough interview in order to land my dream job. I was aware of no other female who had worked in this office before, but I also knew I had the abilities needed. I could hardly wait to get started.
Many would agree that New Scenic Café is not a typical Northland restaurant —and that chef/proprietor, Scott Graden, has an exceptional approach to food. It should come as no surprise,...
A Duluthian, a Canadian, a German, a Chinese-American and three Chinese nationals sat down at a table to make important decisions. Maybe that sounds like the beginning of a good joke, but this is a true story. “If we work ‘smart,’ we can get our tasks done during this lunch meeting,” offered the Duluthian to the miniature United Nations gathering. As the appointed facilitator for this diverse group, I was responsible for a good outcome. As an optimist, I hoped for efficiency. “But I have done pre-work and calculated how each of these factors could be adjusted.
The white-uniformed registrar at the medical clinic looked up at me from behind the desk. “What level of service do you want?” she said, pointing to a chart on the counter. The choices were 9 RMB, 7 RMB or 4 RMB. I wanted the best and happily paid her the 9 RMB for top-level service — the equivalent of a whopping $1.50. I later learned there was an additional choice: “old, famous expert” for 51 RMB, or about $8.00. Having worked at Essentia Health for most of the last decade, I was quite curious about the differences between the Chinese and U.S. health care systems.
When deciding to move to China to teach business at United International College last fall, I was aware of one other person from Duluth who had made a similar move. After my arrival, I learned of three more such cultural transplants, which makes for an astounding total of five Duluthians living here! I recently talked with each of my fellow expatriates to get their impression of life in our new home. After graduating from law school in 2010, Benjamin Grams was hired as an assistant professor in the division of humanities and social sciences. “This experience has really opened up my mind as