Cultural artifacts

The horse.

See? Look how much more mythical this is compared to a human.

During my time in China, the exhibit that stood the most out to me was the Terracotta Warriors. First of all, it was so COOL! As embarassing as this may sound, I had never heard of the Terracotta Warriors before coming to China. I hope that doesn’t make me sound too ignorant. However, the more […]

Secrets of the Dead

My cultural artifact is a statue of a Terracotta Warrior from the Qin Dynasty.  Qin Shi Huang was the first Emperor of China.  He was obsessed with immortality and when he died, he was in search of a potion to help him become immortal. Learning from Immersion and History I learned about the history of the […]

A little jade snake

My artifact is a jade snake.  I did not get this snake from this trip to China, however — it was brought from China as a gift to me from a dear former Chinese student. There are indirect and direct connections of our course to this little jade snake. Direct connection: Insight into the Chinese […]

Student Art

Student artwork for sale at the gallery in Xi'an.

I chose a piece of student artwork from an art gallery in Xi’an as my cultural artifact. Throughout our time in China, our tour guides and the students we met emphasized how important it is for Chinese students to complete their education so they will be able to support themselves and their parents. The owner […]

Big Pot Meals


      What stood out for me in China was the way in which we ate our meals.  We sat around a round table with a large lazy susan in the middle.  The servers brought out many dishes of food and placed them on the lazy susan, and we would all share from the […]

In Search of Long Life


By J. Richelle Joe   In China, the cypress tree symbolizes long life. It is no wonder that each morning beneath the cypress trees, in the shadow of the Temple of Heaven, hundreds of men and women can be found engaging in various forms of recreation. Most of these people are retired individuals who flock […]

Educational Cultural Artifacts

Shanghai – Ming Dynasty – Dragon Wall Yu Garden – is a 5 headed dragon wall. Each Dragon only has 4 claws to avoid offending the 5 claw dragon of the Emperor. The Education Connection is the Imperial examination system. During the Ming Dynasty great attention was given to the administrative procedures and the tests […]