Ramona McKean

Dancing In The Heart Of The Dragon
A Memoir of China

Near Death in China
Fate or Destiny?
A Canadian teacher traveling in rural China experiences the education of a lifetime, the kind that impacts the mind and expands the heart.

Feel her horror as the bus approaches head-on, her helplessness as she watches a man die, her humility as she receives unprecedented care from non-professional people, and her heartbreak as she realizes she must leave China and her friends behind.  Then discover with her, in Canada, the miracle of her survival.

This true story – honest, intimate, and inspired – is written to provide a bridge of the heart between Westerners open to knowing China and Chinese people open to being seen and understood by the West. About people, not politics, this is a love story told by means of journal entries, e-mails, memories, dreams, and song. And like The English Patient, the story is told from a hospital bed.

A Chinese New Year Celebration BOOK LAUNCH

Hosted by the Centre for Inspired Living

Join the author, Ramona McKean Sun., February 10, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Cook Street Activity Centre – 380 Cook Street – Victoria, BC

(Portion of the proceeds to CIL)

Light refreshments

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Listen to Ramona’s Podcast at Practical Podcasting


Born in Vancouver, Canada, the eldest of six, Ramona grew up with a dream to “go to a foreign land one day and live there.” After earning a BA in English from UBC, she started her teaching career in Port McNeill, B.C., then took time off to raise three children. Later she returned to teaching in Nanaimo, B.C. and also earned her MA in educational leadership.

In early 2004, disenchanted with just about everything, Ramona responded to an inner voice telling her she was “going to China,” a decision central to a purpose she was meant to fulfill and a decision she has not regretted.

Ramona now lives in Victoria, BC, with her grandchildren nearby.  Writing continues to be a main source of her spiritual connection. This is her first book.