Tag Archives: Beijing

Adapting to a Chinese-Style Education

下课! (Xià kè) These two magic words signal the end of class. In a way, they also speak to wider characteristics of the Chinese educational system. In Chinese classrooms, students don’t even entertain the idea of packing up before the … Continue reading

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The Calm Before the Storm of Departure

On the eve of my departure, I’ve finally found the time to sit down and write this pre-departure post. I’ve tried and failed to fit my entire wardrobe into my suitcase while keeping it under 50 pounds. I’ve chased my … Continue reading

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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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Cherry Blossoms and Tomb Sweeping

It’s hard to believe midterms and spring break are already behind us, and there are only 4 more weeks of class ahead. I got so used to my routine at school, made friends I enjoy working with at my internship, … Continue reading

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Living off a backpack in rural China

Time flies in Beijing and we are already preparing for our midterms, which makes me miss being on the road even more. I recently returned from traveling for two weeks during the Chinese New Year in the Southwestern province of … Continue reading

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Study abroad in a city of contradictions

My first two weeks in Beijing were even more hectic and eventful than expected. Between canceled flights, almost-lost luggage and full week of orientation, I got to meet around 80 new people and explore significant parts of the city. After … Continue reading

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A Day in the ACC Life

Here’s what the typical day at ACC looks like for the first couple weeks: 5:30am- First alarm goes off. Jump out of bed, quietly make your way to the restroom to get dressed without waking the roommate. 5:50- Now that … Continue reading

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