Past Event Archive

Presentations for
One in a Billion: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey through Modern-Day China
by author, Nancy Pine

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
1st of a Series – Journey from Academic to Narrative Writer
Villa Gardens
Pasadena, California

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
One in a Billion presentation and discussion
P.E.O (Philanthropic Educational Organization)
Burbank, California

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
2nd of a series
Villa Gardens
Pasadena, California

Wednesday, March 2023
3rd of a series
Villa Gardens
Pasadena, California

Tuesday, April 2023
Santiago Canyon College
Orange, California

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 7:00 pm (Eastern ST)
Interview with Shenzhan Liao, Senior Vice-President
and Nancy Pine
China Institute
New York City
Video is here   

Monday, September 11, 2023 11:00 am (PDT)
Journey from Academic to Narrative Writer
Altadena, California

Sunday, February 6, 2022 
MBA Course
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, California

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Book Group Discussion
Altadena Public Libraries
Altadena, California

Saturday, September 24, 2022
MBA Course – Chinese and U.S. Education Compared
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, California
(Live and online)

Sunday, June 19, 2022
MBA Course
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, California


Thursday,  January 28, 2021
Pasadena Village
Pasadena, California
Presentation link

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Ashby Village
Berkeley, California
Presentation link:

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Pasadena Senior Center Cultural Thursdays
Pasadena, California
Presentation link:

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Book Review Group, Novel Pack
St. Edmund’s Church
San Marino, California

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Pilgrim Place World Affairs Forum
Claremont, California

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Queens Public Library Literary Thursdays
New York City
Presentation link information: Queens Library Literary Thursdays with Nancy Pine

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Pasadena Public Library
Pasadena, California

Friday, May 28, 2021
Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Book Review Group
Pasadena area, California

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Altadena Neighborhood Book Group
Michele Zack, contact
Altadena, California

Sunday, June 27, 2021
Fullerton Area Book Group
Naomi Jue, contact
Fullerton, California

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Conversation with Michele Zack
Vroman’s Bookstore
Pasadena, California
Presentation link:

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Interview with Anne Fossan
MonteCedro Community
2212 El Molino Avenue
Altadena, California

Sunday, September 26, 2021
MBA Course
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, California

Sunday, November 18, 2021
Book Group Discussion
San Gabriel Valley, California

Saturday, November 27, 2021
Book signing and author event
Flintridge Bookstore
La Canada-Flintridge, California

Archive of Events Pre-2021

December 4, 2015. Topic: Preschool Narrative Development in China. Paper and poster with Yu Zhenyou.  Sponsor: Literacy Research Association.

October 8 – 18, 2015. China. Collaboration meetings between Mount Saint Marys University and Nanjing University plus its affiliate, Jingling College, and Nanjing Normal University with An Wei.

March 26, 2015. Northridge, California. Topic: Comparison of Chinese and U.S. Education. Sponsor: School of Education, California State University Northridge.

February 26, 2015. Topic: World Cultures in Education Annual Lecture. What can be learned from other cultures.  Sponsor: School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University.

January 11 – 18, 2014. Barcelona, Spain. At Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació, with my husband, Caltech professor Jerome Pine. Consulting about K-12 interactive science education.

August 1, 2014 – Irvine, CA. Topic: Chinese Learning Compared to U.S. Learning  Sponsor: Concordia University Asia Programs

April 19 – May 4, 2014 – Nanjing, Hefei, Xi’an and Beijing, China. Collaborations with Nanjing University, East China Normal University, and China Womens University, including:

development of programs with Mount St. Marys College
observations of schools in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, and Hefei, Anhui Province
research about childrens learning
interviews for my next book, Xi’an
collecting of artifacts for Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL) exhibition.

April 16, 2014 – Claremont, CA Topic: China and U.S. Schooling Compared  Sponsor: School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University.  Watch a video of the presentation here. [link needed]

April 3, 2014 – Stockton, CA Topic: What Kids Learn and Dont Learn in Chinese and U.S. Schools  Sponsor: San Joaquin Delta College

February 11, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA Topic: Understanding Chinese Education  Sponsor: Mount St. Mary’s College Instructional Leadership Program

November 6, 2013 – Davis, CA Topic: Chinese and U.S. Education Compared  Sponsor: University of California at Davis

November 5, 2013 – Sacramento, CA Topic: Critical Thinking in Chinese & American Education Sponsor: Cosumnes River College, Dept. of Sociology

October 24, 2013 – Cerritos, CA Topic: China and U.S. Schools Compared Sponsor: Cerritos Library

October 15, 2013 – Smithfield, Rhode Island Topic: Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Dont Learn)  Sponsor: U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

October 11, 2013 – New York, NY Topic: Author Talk and Book Signing: Educating Young Giants  Sponsor: China Institute of America

October 9, 2013 – New Haven, CT Topic: Fireside Chat with Nancy Pine  Sponsor: Yale-China Association  View vídeo here. [link needed] 

October 8, 2013 – Cerritos, CA Topic: Chinese and American Schools Compared  Sponsor: American Association of University Women 

September 1, 2013 – Arcadia, CA Topic: Comparison of China and U.S. Education Systems  Sponsor: La Jaja Kidsfest and Family Expo

May 19, 2013 – Monterey Park, CA Topic: Chinese and American Education Compared  Sponsor: Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library

April 21, 2013 – Pasadena, CA Topic: Lecture for Authors on Asia” Series  Sponsor: Pacific Asia Museum

April 19, 2013 Anaheim, CA Topic: Classrooms in China  Sponsor: Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL), Distinguished Speaker Series

April 17, 2013San Gabriel, CA Topic: What Can Chinese and U.S. Educators Learn from Each Other?  Sponsor: Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of educators

April 8, 2013Church of the Good Shepherd, Arcadia, CA Topic: Chinese Education in the 21st Century  Sponsor: American Association of University Women

March 14, 2013 – Pasadena, CA Topic: Educating Young Giants (book discussion and signing) Sponsor: Vromans Bookstore 

March 7, 2013 – Beijing, China Topic: U.S. and China Preschools: Contrasts and Similarities Sponsor: School of Child Development, China Womens University 

February 23, 2013 – Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Topic: What Does Creativity Mean for Chinese Education? Sponsors: Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Institute of Education 

February 12, 2013 – Stockton, CA Topic: Education in China and the United States  Sponsor: School of International Studies: Tuesday World Forum, University of the Pacific

February 11, 2013 – Walnut Creek, CA Topic: Educating Kids in China and America  Sponsor: Chinese American Association,  Rossmoor Community

October 26, 2012Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona Topic: Performance vs. Improvisation in Chinese and U.S. Schools  Sponsor: Comparative International Education Society, Western Conference

August 26, 2012 –  Pasadena, CA Topic: Educating Young Giants  Sponsor:  Adult Education Forum, All Saints Church

August 22, 2012 – Interview by Chu Guofei, deputy director, North American Office, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and editor of the English language newspaper Topic: Views on Chinese and American education for The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Chinese and English language newspapers

August 20, 2012 – Discussion with delegation from the academic presses of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Topic: Trends in the Social Sciences in the United States  Sponsor: Mount St. Marys College, Los Angeles

August 3, 2012 – Talk to Preschool Specialists from Guangzhou, China Topic: Dynamic Trends in Preschool Education in America and China  Sponsor: The Los Angeles Guangzhou Sister City Association

June 12, 2012 Los Angeles, CA Topic: Chinese and American Education,  Food for Thought” talk and discussion  Sponsor: Center for Cultural Fluency, Mount St. Marys College

June 7, 2012 – Pasadena, CA Book Launch Reading and Party (It was a great celebration!) Sponsors: Altadena Christian Children’s Center (ACCC) and Children, Youth & Families Program of All Saints Church

May 22, 2012 – Book Release of Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Dont Learn) in China and America (Palgrave Macmillan Publishers) 

March 25, 2012 – Conversations with parents in Beijing comparing Chinese and American education. Which would be better for their children?

March 18-24, 2012 – Nanjing, China. Collaboration meetings at Nanjing University and visits to middle schools and elementary schools

March 15, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA Aiming toward College in China and the United States: A Comparison.” Sponsor: Inauguration Symposium, Mount St. Mary’s College