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Fear

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Shanghai by William DenningLeave a Comment

Haunted by ideas alongside bell hooks’ ‘imperialist nostalgia’, my time in Shanghai has been categorized by a deliberate out-of-the-way-ness. As an alien to the space, I feel that my participation and disruption in Shanghai is the American travelers largest sin. Interfering feels as if my own impeding culture, even my own white-ness is somehow sinful. As a student of post-colonial …

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Non-communication is beautiful, will it remain?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Shanghai by Mark1 Comment

During a two-week trip to the Northeast last February, I remember being particularly sensitive to the fact that I felt like a foreigner in my own country. As odd as it sounds, after many months in Bulgaria and Romania the most bizarre part was being able to understand what everyone was saying, all the time. The unnecessarily personal conversations unfolding …

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Inside

In The Art of Travel, 2. Getting oriented, Shanghai by William DenningLeave a Comment

My friend Lynn and I found ourselves, especially the first week, spending our evenings exploring the Jinqiao mall near our apartment building. The mall is broken up into 6 ‘blocks’ each housing uncountable shops, booths and restaurants. For dinner on the first few nights, we let the mall be our guide, wandering around until we found something to eat. A …

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Short Stories on Unspoken Chinese Perspectives

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 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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Goodbye Shanghai!

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 15. Farewells, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

There is much to talk about in terms of reflecting on my experiences in Shanghai, both good and bad. However, this experience has fundamentally shifted my values and outlook on life. I think I had one of the most rewarding experiences just this past weekend. For my final project in my journalism class, I had to create a pictorial essay—basically …