Each year during the fall, many Asian countries celebrate the Mid Autumn Day Festival with their friends and family. This harvest festival is one celebrated during the full moon. Traditions include eating lots of yummy food with friends and family, watching the moon, and eating moon cakes. Moon cakes are delicious pastries filled with all kinds of things, from the very popular … [Read more...] about The Mid Autumn Day Festival
China journal – October 31, 2016 One of the best parts of studying abroad through Missouri State University is getting to spend time with the LNU-MSU students. When Dr. Bennett said I would have to tutor twenty hours a week, I was definitely not excited to start. However, two and half months in to my stay here, it is great. I love getting to work with the students. Everyone … [Read more...] about Friends in China!
Today I want to reflect on a new cultural perspective I have gained. Additionally, I believe I have learned more about the overall nature of all cultures. Since half of my time in China is over, I definitely hope to learn as much from the second half as from the first. I will first preface my learning experience by stating some of the experiences I have been through. Mostly … [Read more...] about Half Way: A Few Things I have Learned
As I am now nearing the end of September, the climate of Dalian has for the most part remained constantly humid and around 75 F as an average for the last month, but last week was the first day of fall and this week it has been a bit chilly outside. It is now "the holidays" for China because there is a national workers holiday starting September 28th and lasting until October … [Read more...] about Fall in Dalian
Reality seems to delay itself when you travel. What you learn beforehand about traveling can never amount to actually going through with it, and when it sets in that you are halfway across the world in a completely new culture, it begins to take your breath away. We arrived in Beijing in mid-August and stayed there for four days. Arriving in Beijing was amazing, especially … [Read more...] about First Few Weeks in China