Portlanders in Beijing – for community not medals

You may know Jason Simms as a Willamette Week music writer. You may know him as a member of Portland punk group Shock Troops. Or maybe you know him as part of the team from Englishbaby.com who’s headed to Beijing during the Olympics to further their mission of teaching English to the world.

Portlanders John Hayden and Miguel McKelvey founded Englishbaby.com to help people learn English by relating the culture – music, movies, TV, etc. – not just vocabulary and grammar.

But it’s not just about American culture – so they’re going to China for a week, will be staying with members of Englishbaby.com and filming Chinese culture for the site as well.

I love this take on the Olympics! Sure, the athletes are competing for their countries, but they’re also there to meet people they might never otherwise meet, to share their lives and experiences, and connect with one another. And we may not agree with the politics of another place – but heck – we often don’t agree with the politics we have here at home!

Opening ceremonies are Friday – so when you’re sick of the cheesy NBC athlete profiles – flip open your computer, log onto Englishbaby.com and see what’s going on with a few Portlanders and their Chinese friends in the midst of all the craziness in Beijing.

1 Comment so far

  1. nolando on August 6th, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

    Don’t forget – he’s also in the fantastic Shakespeare Metal Company, too! (Briefly a.k.a Dagger of the Mind).



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