Miscellaneous Reflection 2: Summary

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Now that I’m back in the US, it’s time to look back on the whole of my trip to China. Unfortunately, it’s one of those experiences that goes by slowly, but then is over far too soon. I really enjoyed the trip, and I look forward to going back to China one day, whether for […]

The Walled City

Way back when, in our first excursion out to Shanxi, we had the opportunity to visit the ancient walled city of Pingyao Pingyao was fascinating.  As you can see from the video, the walls are classic stone fortifications, backed by a thick layer of earth.  Inside, most, if not all structures are also stone.  And […]

Miscellaneous Journal #3 – Three Visits to a Thatched Cottage

No matter how quickly China races to some undefined goal of progress, I don’t think it will ever lose sight of its cultural heritage. The afternoon of my last Tuesday in Beijing, I went to Maliandao Tea Market to bring back some souvenirs for my family and myself. Inside a blank, gray, industrial highrise, I […]

Miscellaneous Journal #2 – The Inner Mongolian Steppe

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The Mongolian Steppe Over the course of my stay in Beijing, I feel like I have become more and more assimilated into an increasingly drab urban life. Every morning, when I check the weather, I look out the window and am pleasantly shocked if I can see more than a hundred feet out of my […]

“We’re Not In China In Anymore!”

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Chinese is a very difficult language to learn, as I am sure we all know. What you would not expect however, is apparently after seven weeks of being surrounded by people speaking Chinese, you find speaking English difficult. For instance, using grammatically incorrect structures like “You’re going where?” to a stranger on the plane. So […]

Burger King

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It took me  a little over an hour to navigate the subway system and emerge from the underground into Guomao. Guomao is an essential location for my fieldwork as well as home to China’s World Trade Center. I was so happy to see not only the sun (after dodging around what seemed to be thousands […]

Perception: The Lens to identity

Introduction  Over the course of a three week period, I along with a Chinese student named Gloria were tasked with exploring two films native to our culture that shared similar themes. During our first conversation,  we decided  to pursue the theme “Coming of Age”, as we both seemed to have a mutual knowledge of films […]

Project Proposal

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As I have slowly developed my research topic over the course of this class, made it more detailed, focused my topic of focus, I find this chance to write a practical proposal a timely opportunity.  When I began this project, I immediately knew what topic I wanted to research, abnormal psychology in other cultures.  I […]

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Here is my second cell

Foreign Art Censored

According to Newstrack India, an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s paintings scheduled to be displayed in Beijing has been forbidden to display eight paintings of Chairman Mao. The article cites political reasons, quoting the museum director as saying that “certain images can still not be shown in China”. Despite similar, pop focused images of Chairman Mao […]