Monthly Archives: November 2015

Shakeera Hooker: Changes Abroad

It has been about three months that we have lived in Chengdu, and I have made it my mission to practice Mandarin on a regular basis. Although I have been a bit behind with the tutoring sessions with my tutor, … Continue reading

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Qiqi Chen: Sichuan Cuisine

Sichuan cuisine is known for its bold flavors of pungency, spiciness, and numbness with the liberal use of garlic, chili peppers and Sichuan pepper. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization named Chengdu as the City of Gastronomy in … Continue reading

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Quan Graham: House Made Out Of Earth

Everywhere I’ve ever lived has had aspects which remind me of the home of which I grew up in, initially a stranger to a “strange” culture within a “strange” area, the perfect excuses to use if I wasn’t enjoying my … Continue reading

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Kasim Josey: As a Foreigner in China

As the weeks pass and my short expedition in Chengdu comes to a close, I can’t help but feel a little sad that soon all of this will be over. Of course, I’m still excited to go home. I’ve missed … Continue reading

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Kyle Munson: Varying Cuisines in China

One of my favorite aspects of Chinese culture is the food. Although most of what is referred to as Chinese food in the United States in not terribly authentic, it has always been a favorite of mine, I have found … Continue reading

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Megan Crowley: Travels to Kangding

The Mid-Autumn Festival “Golden Week” was created to allow the Chinese to travel and return home for the numerous family reunions planned over the holiday.  For me, it provided a great opportunity to get out of the city and go … Continue reading

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Quan Graham: Adapting and Growing in China

I do miss home a little, but not as much as I thought I would by this time in my journey. I actually like the rate of how things are going; if anything it might be going a little fast. … Continue reading

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Solomon Crawford: Western Food in Chengdu

When you’re feeling home sick and want some food to remind you of home, there are a couple of places in the city that can help you get over your culture shock and get you back to your daily, happy … Continue reading

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Shakeera Hooker: Trip to Xi’an

This is the first blog that is being posted since the week before we left for our excursion to Xi’an. The trip was a great time to take a break from classes. Xi’an is a city full of evidence of … Continue reading

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Qiqi Chen: Cultural Excursions in Xi’an

At the end of the first mini-semester of the fall, G-MEO (The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad) took us on a cultural excursions to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province. Xi’an is one of the oldest cities and the … Continue reading

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