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Short Stories on Unspoken Chinese Perspectives

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Shanghai by Yuka Niwa1 Comment

The Dog: Stories By Jack Livings In ‘The Dog: Stories,’ Jack Living writes short stories that revolve around characters who are thriving in the quickly modernizing China. The book consists of eight different short stories, each of which is independent of each other and allow the reader to obtain a visceral understanding of the character’s life, circumstances, and even thought …

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Expectations and Advice

In The Art of Travel, 14. Tips, Shanghai by Yuka Niwa1 Comment

When I decided to study abroad at NYU Shanghai, I had a set of expectations. Some things met my expectations, some things exceeded them, while others fell short. The most significant piece of advice that I would give to another student planning to study away at Shanghai is to keep an open mind and take everything step by step. Expectations …

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There was no Stuffing or Turkey.. But there was Pie!

In The Art of Travel, 13. Thanksgiving, Shanghai by Yuka Niwa2 Comments

This year was the first Thanksgiving that I did not have a traditional Thanksgiving feast. This was partly due to the fact that I did not realize that Thanksgiving was on Thursday until Wednesday morning. Therefore, by the time I googled ‘Thanksgiving Dinner in Shanghai 2017’, most of the venues said ‘reserve at least 72 hours in advance’. The few …

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Mr. Zheng and Cookie

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Shanghai by Yuka Niwa1 Comment

There are approximately six security guards that are in charge of who is allowed to come and go, which cars are allowed to enter and leave, and to overall protect my apartment compound. They take their shifts at the two posts, two shacks’ made of glass and steel, located in front of the driveways to my apartment building. Although all …

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A Brutally Honest Experience of China..?

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Shanghai by Yuka NiwaLeave a Comment

In his book “Lost on Planet China..”, J. Maarten Troost depicts China from a completely Western perspective that is brutally honest as he explores the country that considered “the future”(pg.13) . Although Mr. Troost is familiar with, “flitting from island to island in the South Pacific” (pg.1) and surviving on,“the rugged hills of Vanuatu” (pg.1), nowhere could compare to or …

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Golden Week in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Shanghai by Yuka Niwa2 Comments

Chinese politics is both complicated and straightforward depending on who you talk to. On October 1st, China celebrated “国庆节” (Guoqing jie) or the National Day of the People’s Republic of China which also marks the first day of ‘Golden Week’, a week long holiday for Chinese Nationals and NYU Shanghai students. October 1st is the “official” day for when the …

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Leaping Forwards with the “Digital” Spirit of Shanghai

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Shanghai by Yuka Niwa2 Comments

Shanghai is a city that seamlessly combines the east and the west, the modern with the traditional. There are buildings that look as though they were taken from the future and editions of sports cars parked alongside the road that haven’t been released yet in many countries, yet there are also groups of old ladies dancing “guang-chang wu” (courtyard dance) …