Student News

China #7: Participating in Chinese Culture

June 18, 2014

Gene Thagard ’15 shows how the group isn’t touring China so much as participating actively in it!

Photo Credit: Miriam Singer

Photo Credit: Miriam Singer

This morning, everyone went to a Kung Fu class and learned key self defense take downs. We progressed from basic moves to more advanced techniques, and everyone seems to be really grasping it. Who would have thought!

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Photo Credit: Miriam Singer

I then had go to the Entry/Exit Bureau to renew my visa after losing my passport. How inconvenient! This application, thankfully, went quite smoothly. When I returned, I joined my classmates in a rousing class of Chinese, where we designed our family trees and learned the characters and pinyin for all the different family members. A tall order!

This afternoon, we traveled to a pottery workshop, and we expanded our cultural horizons through the study of ceramics. William and Kento designed ashtrays while Ceci and Tia made flowerpots. It was an interesting environment to practice our Chinese! You should have seen us trying to communicate with our workshop leader.

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Tonight, we traveled to a night food market where they sold the tasty foods of the Orient. Some of the group’s braver souls resolved to try snakes, seahorses, and scorpions while others decided to find a more familiar taste in lamb skewers. The girls were even adventurous enough to see what a Chinese McDonald’s meal is like. Other members haggled with nearby dealers and attempted to strike the best deal they could. You should have seen them at work! They are becoming quite good at bargaining.

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Traveling to and from the market, the group made a bold and adventurous move in riding the subway. The complex tunnels, lines, and signs of the Beijing metro provided a formidable challenge to all members of the group. The subways were so crowed! We were all crammed in one tiny corner of the train. Upon our return to Shiyan High School, our heavy heads and sore legs rejoiced at the sight of our beds. Our heads hit the pillows with sweet dreams of the next day.

 It truly was a spectacular day! Cant wait for tomorrow!