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Klipsun, December 1995

Volume and Number

Vol. 26, Issue 1 1995



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Western Washington University

Editor in Chief

Kimbrough, Heather


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Kristi Kiteley; Story Editors: Helen Buller, Eric Francis, Elizabeth Hovde; Illustrator: Kelly Jackson; Business Manager: Teari Brown; Writers: Britney Bartlett, Nina Boswell, Mike Brennand, Grant Clark, Dana Goodwin, Will Hutto, Sean King, Lars Lundberg, David P. Lynch, Steve Mohundro, Loc Nguyen, Yasuko Ogoshi, Michael H. Olson, Renee Pedranti, Jennifer Schwantes, Karl Schweizer, Josie Stroud, Stephanie Thomson, Jake Warnick, tim Klein


Several Bellingham residents and Western students were among 30,000 delegates who traveled to China this summer for a parallel forum in Huairou. As the feature by David Lynch on page 26 discovers, the forum served as an energy booster and supportive ven­ture. And although the conference ended two months ago, these women remain enthusiastic. They’ve continued the struggle for change. Here is a look at the outcome — the fledgling results. This is what Lynch, who lived in China for six years, tried to focus on.

A global networking took place in China, with women exchanging ad­ dresses and phone numbers. Creating this network of support is important for helping women in other communities and in our own country.

The story talks about how Western student Aimie Vallet now corresponds with a Croatian woman, who started a women’s group in Croatia. “After I returned to the United States I wrote her a letter telling her I was willing to help find support either there or here in the United States,” Vallet said. “That’s what networking is all about as far as I’m concerned.” Besides networking, women from here and other countries saw what life was like for women cross-culturally. What we face here is different from what other women around the globe face. Genital mutilation, inadequate nutrition and unsafe drinking water are types of things women in Third World countries go through.

Taking action toward change is a chal­lenge for us all — to somehow use all the knowledge and discussions we’ve accumu­lated. It’s been great watching friends get jobs with AmeriCorps, the National Forest Service or as teachers in remote, impoverished areas. They’re using their ideas and dreams and making things happen. Just as the women coming back from China are doing, so too must we find a way to use our education for a worthwhile goal.

Photography Editor

Kellor, Ellen


Dale, Carolyn. 1950-

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Resources made available by the Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University, and www.klipsunmagazine.com/.



Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)


Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student life


Independent Student Publication at Western Washington University

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Subject-Topical (LCSH)

College students’ writings, American--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Periodicals; Universities and colleges--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Periodicals

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Western Washington University





Klipsun Magazine, 1995, Volume 26, Issue 01 - December



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