2008, the Yunnan government recognized our contribution
to the people
of Yunnan by awarding Michael the Yunnan Friendship Award (彩云奖).
experts received this award in 2008. Here, winners pose with provincial
year-round flowers helped make the stage beautiful for all the media
cameras present for the festivities.
|According to the
Michael Krigline was one of ten
recipients of the 2008 “Yunnan Friendship Award,” presented each year by
the Yunnan Provincial Government. The award is presented annually to
foreign experts working throughout Yunnan who have made an outstanding
contribution in fields such as business, agriculture, medicine, and
education. Recipients in 2008 were from the United Kingdom, Thailand,
Japan, Myanmar, India, France and the United States of America. The award
ceremony was held on October 28, 2008 at the Kunming
Green Lake Hotel. Deputy Governor Luo Zheng Fu, on behalf of the
provincial government, presented each winner with a golden medallion, an
official certificate, and a cash prize.
If you read Chinese, you can get more details here:
We understand that the Kunming Medical University's Foreign Affairs
Department, Foreign Languages Department and Graduate School worked
together to nominate Michael for this award, in recognition of the effort
he puts into creating materials for and giving extra time to KMU's
students, as well as for the time he invested to write the
recently-publish textbook, Advanced Writing for
the Real World, and for Michael and Vivian's work as Trustees of
the Jian Hua Foundation's orphan-care projects in Yunnan.
(Left) Vivian and Michael pose for a moment after enjoying
a delicious banquet. (Center) Yunnan's Deputy Governor, Luo Zheng Fu,
offers congratulations during the award ceremony. (Right) Tina Guo and Liu
Hong from the Kunming Medical University Foreign Affairs Office.
|The English half of the
"This is to confer you Yunnan
Friendship Award 2008 in appreciation of your enthusiastic support and
significant contribution to the development of Yunnan Province, People’s
Republic of China."
Qin Guang Rong
People’s Republic of China
Date of Time: October 7, 2008
We were quite surprised when we were told about this
honor, and we are deeply moved to know that so many leaders have taken
notice of our work. Of course, we don't pour so much time and energy into
our community in order to win awards. We do it to meet needs and, in our
own small way, change lives. But it is always nice to know that one's work
The first thing we did with the "cash prize" was buy cakes and
doughnuts so we could share this celebration with Michael's students. You can
tell from the smiles that it was a good idea!
This shows the head of the Education Department of Yunnan
Province, along with Kunming Medical University's president (beside him), giving
me an official copy of the group photo taken during the award ceremony. This
presentation took place at a Christmas Eve luncheon for KMU's foreign teachers,
hosted by my university Foreign Affairs Office. The two teachers on the left are
from France and the Philippines.
"Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he
will not stand before unknown men."
-- Proverbs 22:29, New King James Version
"Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your
-- Matthew 20:26, New King James Version
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