Author Archives: Lanier Hagerty

On the Banks of the Mainstream

One of the many benefits of having a Chinese roommate is learning about the trends happening among people my own age in China.  My roommate and I have spent quite a few nights flipping through Chinese fashion magazines, comparing clothing … Continue reading

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Blue, White, and Red

The color scheme for the wedding was red, white, and blue. Despite my immediate association of these colors with intense American pride, I was quick to discover that this wedding was like nothing that could be found in the United … Continue reading

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Manikins in Deji Plaza

For our contemporary Chinese cultural studies class we were required to sit for an hour anywhere we wanted in Nanjing and observe one aspect of Chinese culture.  I chose 德基廣场, or Deji Plaza which is a luxury brand mall in … Continue reading

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Moon Cakescapade

According to a recent warning e-mail from our program directors, in the coming few days an estimated 340 million Chinese people will be traveling for the holiday. This is the equivalent of more than the entire United States population going … Continue reading

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A New Gym

I joined a new gym today. This one is about 10 minutes farther, a little more crowded, and the locker rooms aren’t as nice as my first one. At this point though, I’m going to have to make some adjustments … Continue reading

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In Between Time

I’m done. I finished what I thought at the beginning might not be possible. I’ve finished the rigorous Beijing program and now have my ACC diploma folded neatly into a blue fabric folder stuffed deep into my luggage somewhere between … Continue reading

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Street Food

When I first arrived in China, our teachers told us not to eat food from street venders. This is simultaneously the worst and the best advice I have received so far. The worst advice in that the stuff is amazing … Continue reading

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798 Art District

The 798 Beijing Art District is situated about an hour and a half away from Minzu University by subway and bus.  Even it were 5 hours away and only accessible by covered wagon I would still tell everyone I know … Continue reading

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Jogging In Circles

I’m two weeks deep into this program and completely swamped with work, so much so that the fact that facebook is blocked or that I can’t access YouTube makes no difference to me. However, in those few  rare moments that … Continue reading

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Glass Airport

There were three types of people that were on my plane to Beijing: the suits, the families, and the loners. The suits dominate the first class and are no doubt on their monthly trip to Beijing handling billion dollar business … Continue reading

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