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The Week Before Finals

Posted in Beijing, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , on June 5, 2010 by foundmeinchina

Taken at 4:30AM (and edited shortly thereafter) this morning, all with my iPhone. I’ve recently taken to using my phone for photos, because it’s a lot more convenient, there are some pretty great (if not somewhat gimmicky) photo applications for it, and I don’t like skating with my camera every day. My balance/luck is not good enough. On a long enough timeline, disaster is sure to strike.

Anyway, here’s a few other photos taken and edited on the phone.

Money money money. Taken outside 动物园, which is the Beijing zoo. Nobody goes to the zoo, but everybody goes to the cheap clothing markets just across the street. It was driven by some 小白脸儿 (Chinese for boytoy), dressed like a moron. Lucky for him he doens’t have to care because he’s driving an effing Ferrari.

Also, I found some longboards in Beijing a long time ago. Shitty quality, 2000+ RMB.

I’m so glad I brought my own.

But back to life–I’ve got a ten-page paper to write, ten days worth of missed class and the obligatory homework that comes with to catch up on, and what I think is a gum infection.

I’m really going to miss China. For the five weeks I’m back in America.


For Those of You Who Speak Chinese….

Posted in Beijing, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , on June 4, 2010 by foundmeinchina

This collection of photos, sent to me by a Chinese friend, are made up of Chinese characters or words, but drawn to depict their meaning. If you don’t follow me, then for example, the picture of the dog farting is made up of the characters 狗屁, meaning dog fart, or bullshit.

精读第六课的文章: 我看中国人的生活 My View of Life in China

Posted in Beijing, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by foundmeinchina

Part of my Intensive Reading class in Chinese is to write an essay using various vocabulary words and grammar patterns that were covered in the chapter. Seeing as how these are possibly the most interesting (and fun to write) assignments I have had both in China and in general, I figure I’d post them up here (with the English translations). This way, I can not only see how my own writing has progressed and how I can learn from my mistakes, but I can also provide you with proof that I am actually learning something over here.

The translations are not always verbatim–sometimes things just don’t translate perfectly between languages, and a lot of seemingly laconic four-character sayings in Chinese carry with them an intrinsic connotation that needs many more words in English to convey. Some things just sound a little bit better when embellished in English. I did, however, strive to stay as close to possible as the original Chinese as I could.

This one is the most recent one, which I actually just finished writing.



在北京,什么样的人都有。有的人太富有了——除了天天大吃大喝,他们甚至在豪华轿车安装了三四个电视。 有的人则连吃都吃不饱。我各种阶层的人都遇到过。不管是男女老少,也不管经济地位如何,他们绝对都会下象棋。离我家最近的十字路口每天从早到晚都有一群老百姓在下象棋。特别是一位老年人不管风吹雨打每天都在那儿。他常常说:“谁要挑战我,谁就坐下来!任你谁来,我也有可能输”人们接连地来竭力地想要打败他。 最讽刺的是越把时间浪费在吹牛上的人,越容易输掉比赛。其实我从来没有仔细地监督他们,但是我今天问他有没有输过,他从容地回答“我向来没输过。”


I have been to myriad different Chinese cities, all in the pursuit of better understanding China’s diverse cultures. Every city I have been to has its own special unique characteristics–for example Henan Province’s Kaifeng City and its Chinese Jewish minority, Zhejiang Province’s Suzhou with its so-called most beautiful women in China (though I personally do not agree), Sichuan Province with its Jiuzhaigou, bamboo, and pandas, to Yunnan Province with its more than twenty extraordinarily friendly and inviting minority groups. From my travel experiences it has become evident to me that China truly has an innumerable amount of different customs and traditions, but despite each place’s own unique customs, I realized that there is one phenomenon that persistently presents itself: In China, regarldess of whether you are in a Naxi village in Yunnan or in a teahouse in Chengdu, there is always somebody playing Chinese chess. Seeing Chinese chess played no matter where I go sometimes makes me wonder whether or not the reason the Chinese follow (most of) the rules and laws of their country is in light of the fact that Chinese chess plays such an intrinsic role in daily life?

In Beijing one can find literally all types of people. Some people are almost too rich–besides eating and drinking to gluttonous levels every day, they have multitudes of televisions installed into their limousines. On the other hand, some people don’t even have enough food to get them through the day. I have met people from both extremes, and from every echelon in between. Whether male, female, old or young, and regardless of socioeconomic status, every person knows how to play Chinese chess. At the nearest intersection from my house there is a group of old Beijingers who play xiangqi from sunrise to late night. Especially of note is one elderly man who regardless of wind or rain is out there every single day. I often hear him say: “Anybody who wants to challenge me, just take a seat! No matter who you are, you still have a chance to beat me!” People come one after another and try their absolute best to beat him. Ironically, it is the ones who waste the most time bragging that they can take him that lose the easiest. Honestly, I’ve passed this table for a year but never closely paid attention to his record, but the other day I asked him if he has ever lost, to which he looked me tranquilly and replied “To this day I have never.”

In short, Chinese chess seems not only to be one of the most widespread symbols of Chinese culture, but also one that contributes to the unity of the Chinese themselves.

Urban Beijing

Posted in Beijing, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by foundmeinchina

Despite the cleanliness, Beijing has quite a bit of graffiti. It is actually very refreshing, seeing the Chinese display some ingenuity and damnation of the man (Empire Records, anyone?).

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Posted in Beijing, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by foundmeinchina

Hello from the Capital. Beijing is to Los Angeles as Shanghai is to New York. The nearest subway station is farther than the distance of two stops in Shanghai, but I guess that makes sense, given that Beijing is some three times bigger than Shanghai. Additionally, everything is more spread out, the crowds are more sparse, and you can’t seem to walk down the street without some tourist-type asking you to take pictures of them in front of some famous building. I like how it feels like home.

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Chengdu: Home to the National Treasure

Posted in Chengdu, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by foundmeinchina

It hates noise.

We went to the Panda Breeding Center yesterday. On a tour. With a bunch of foreigners. We heard many things, most of them to the effect of “I am vehemently against keeping animals in small cages, but this is for their own survival, so I will step down off of my soap box now.”

I beg to differ.

Any animal that won’t screw to save its own species is making a pretty obvious statement, I think. Ironically, we saw many many pandas humping things other than fellow pandas. Reminds me of seventh grade, when it was cool to hump things that weren’t girls. They are cute as all hell, though.

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Posted in Chengdu, Photo with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by foundmeinchina

IMG_1229, originally uploaded by jubbis18.

The costumed girls supposed to be playing these were instead standing around picking their noses. Literally.