- My Personal Mission Statement
To create a more balanced, productive, healthy and focused life.
- A Multicultural/Global Autobiographical Sketch
An edited version of this profile was published in Merryfield, M. (Ed.), Making connections between multicultural and global education: Teacher educators and teacher education programs (pp. 120-21. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) under the section “Profiles of Teacher Educators and Teacher Education Programs by Country and Province/State: Rodney H. Clarken, Northern Michigan University, Michigan.”
- Rats I Have Known Story of rats I have known in Iowa, Kenya, Tanzania, Detroit, Virgin Islands, China and Marquette, MI. This is an expanded and revised version of a previous story I had here entitled “Living with Rats.”
- On Choosing My Chinese Name
The story about the troubles I have had with my birth name, how I came to chose my Chinese name, Bahai, and how it affected others.
Rod’s memories of being robbed Some accounts of being robbed in different countries.
- Tanzania Journal Part One
This journal is from a participant of an expedition I led in Tanzania in 1979.
- Tanzania Journal Part Two
Continuation of the participant’s experiences.
- On John R Clarken’s Passing: A short account of my memories of that time
- Breakfast at Little Lake American Legion 1995 musing on my Sunday morning breakfast
Stories related to my faith
- Rodney H Clarken Autobiographical Story This is a version of the story that was published in Mind, Heart, & Spirit: Educators Speak, pp.400-406, by Heather Cardin (Baha’i Publishing).
- Rod Clarken’s Story on Becoming a Baha’i My memories from 1968-70 describing the events and processes related to my becoming a Baha’i
- Rod’s Search for Truth and Becoming a Bahai 1980 An earlier story of my searching for truth and finding the Baha’i Faith
- Reflections on an Interview with a Bahai-Rod Clarken This is a report of an interview a colleague did of me as a Bahai, which gives his interesting insights.
- Rod’s Career Goals and Path 1980 story of my career path up to 1980
China Stories and Essays
Introduction and Background Information:
- Introduction to My China Essays: A Personal StoryGives background on my views.
- Farewell Letter from a Chinese Friend
- An American Teacher in China/Three Days in China (revised and expanded 12/96)
An earlier and shorter version of this story, “Three Days in China,” was published in two parts in the December 1996 and January 1997 issues of China Today. An edited version of this article, “An American Teacher in China,” appeared in Journal of Thought, Winter 1998, volume 33, number 4, pgs 53-83.
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- May You Live in Interesting Times
My challenges on first arriving in China. A revised version has been published in US-China Review 21 (1) 1997.
- Pigs in China
Compares my experiences with pigs in America and China. A version of this entitled “Pigs: A Chinese-American Cross-Cultural Experience” was published in US-China Review, 21 (2) 21-23.
Most timely and interesting unpublished stories:
- Remembering Deyang SchoolAfter the Earthquake– Observations from 13 years before
- China Quake: Reflections and ReactionsReactions on May 13, one day after.
- Remembering China: After the Sichuan EarthquakeOn rescue and rebuilding efforts.
- John’s Chinese Haircut An account of my son getting a buzz cut from the local barber.
- Aftershocks in Sichuan My experience meeting with teacher survivors of the earthquake.
- Ticket to Ride, Xian 1995 Describes thoughts and happenings while buying a ticket, getting the train to and a hotel in Xian.
Papers Written in Chinese
- The Process of Becoming Our True SelvesPaper presented at the International Forum on Integrated Education and Educational Reform, Santa Cruz, California (October 28-31, 2004)
- Handwritten Map of where I taught and the names of the 100 schools I taught in
- Original handwritten Chinese farewell letter
- An Example of my work schedule from China