Author Archives: Nicholas Gardiner

Slow and Steady Wins the…Battle

With a slow and steady pace, I bow to my two 太极剑 coaches, 王老师 (instructor Wang) and 郭老师 (instructor Guo), and say, “Lao shi hao.” Having formally greeted them, I begin my exercise sequence: five minutes of neck, shoulders, hips, … Continue reading

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口头报告, the Assignment that Won’t Go Away.

To introduce my studies and projects in the ACC program, I decided to follow a particular assignment that I complete just about every week: 口头报告. As a side note, those curious about studying Mandarin Chinese may not know what that … Continue reading

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“Modern” China

Beijing is a modern city. China is a modern country. That’s what I’ve been hearing over and over again since arriving here. One of my first Chinese lessons was all about modernization, and since then 现代化 (xiandaihua, or modernization) has … Continue reading

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Two Beijings

“Oh, Beijing is a crowded and dirty city. I’m not too fond of it,” a friend from China responded to my comment about studying abroad in Beijing. Well, hardly the enthusiastic response I hoped to hear. I chose Beijing partly … Continue reading

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