Journal

2015.04.12

As of recent, my performance at both the Flagship and Nanjing classes are decent, however, there’s always room for improvement. The only concern I have with my Nanjing classes is the fact that the professors are demanding students to be study rigorously, but they don’t offer clear instructions or advice in order to do so, other than doing self-study. In one respect, this advice makes sense since we are attending graduate courses; on the other hand, as a non-native Chinese speaker, I, myself and possibly other Flagship students also feel lost in the lectures. In my perspective, lectures are only as effective as the student’s capacity to comprehend the information and materials being bombarded at them. I will withhold myself from engaging in another rant about the effectiveness of the Flagship Capstone pedagogy and the philosophy behind designing the program as it is today since I believe it’s meaningless; what I can say with stronger confidence is that learning is largely dependent on the student.

Aside from school related endeavors, I have been searching for an internship in the Guangdong province, particularly, the city of Shenzhen. After seriously contemplating the pros and cons of staying in Nanjing or relocating to a different city for an internship, I concluded that the potential benefits, opportunities, and experiences offered of the latter persuaded me to prioritize all my search efforts to cities outside of Nanjing. I just really hope I can find one in Guangzhou or Shenzhen. God be willing. In regards to my living conditions with my roommate, I believe we are having a splendid time and I am very grateful and fortunately to have chosen him as opposed to my other roommate candidates. Our tutoring sessions are very proactive, in the sense that, we are always updating the content and pedagogy. Moreover, my roommate persuaded me to leave Nanjing and to specifically attempt to find work opportunities in Shenzhen next semester.

As for personal well-being, I am physically in China, but my mind and heart is set on the future and I have been frequently wrestling with the “what to do after college” question. I believe I have to utilize this relatively more relaxed time in Nanjing to map out my next step. Specifically, I have been contemplating on whether to study my postgraduate degree in linguistics or translation and interpretation in Hong Kong or China. Some professors told me that it is possible to finish a Phd in China in about 4 years, but I question whether a Chinese Phd would hold weight in a global context. In actuality, I gravitate towards entertaining the thought of studying in Hong Kong, this desire is much stronger than my desire to study in China, but the Hong Kong government does not provide financial support or loans to non-locals, which is terribly frustrating and discouraging, however, hopefully I will find a way to make this dream a reality. Our lives are really too short and extremely uncertain to procrastinate on realizing our ambitions and dreams. Who knows, I might meet death a second from this moment or 50 years into the future. Foolish as it may be, all I know is I have to give it a try. Regret is far more crushing and heavy than debt.

KTV Night!

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Nanjing Museum(南京博物馆)

2015.05.18

5月18日我跟麦秋岚和黄蔓菁一块去参观南京博物馆。我们一旦踏入南京博物馆的广场就使我不禁觉得这所博物馆非常奇妙,而且其具有现代化的建筑设计,因此给我留下颇为深刻的印象。博物馆里面似乎拥有包罗万象的古物及无价值的珍宝,其中最吸引我的眼光是一款穿着银缕玉衣的雕像,因为它的格式和质量非常既精致又非凡,并它使我联想到中日武士所穿的盔甲。这套以银和玉制造的盔甲属于南京博物馆的历史观陈列,并这部分主要展览江苏古代文明,即如那时代的日常生活餐具和武器等。同时,我蛮欣赏设计历史陈列的人员将古代江苏人与天地造化的历史融合起来,而且我对恐龙很有兴趣,历史馆里正好有几套恐龙骨架。

对于艺术的陈列,那里有各种色彩鲜艳绮丽的艺术品,比如几幅画画、几种佛教雕像,以及几把有装饰书法的扇子。与此同时,我察觉到似乎在每一艺术品上有雕刻了一句古诗或历史信息相关的文字。另外,对于民国馆首都社会风貌展览,我们进入了后,立刻沉浸在那时代的气氛当中,同时享受那时代的建筑设计和风格。我可能最喜欢那里的数字馆,那里以现代科技设备来展示中国古代历史,而且那边的光影效也不错。总之,我已经去过一些在美国和亚洲的博物馆,而我觉得我若把南京博物馆与我所参观的博物馆进行对比,结果南京博物馆还是相当,因为它们各有千秋。

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Presidential Palace of Nanjing (南京总统府)(15.04.18)

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The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre (南京大屠杀纪念馆)

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Imperial Examination(科举夫子庙)

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Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge (长江大桥公园)

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*These experiences were made possible by the Gilman Scholarship 

3/23/15 – 4/28/15