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Postcards From Tomorrow Square: Reports from China

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James Fallows provides an insightful look into the lives of people living in different locations of China in his book Postcards From Tomorrow Square: Reports from China. In order to write each essay, Fallow goes to where the story is. Using his intuition to guide him, Fallow delves into the situation and interviews the people. Hence, the “reports from China” …

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Chinese Dialect

In 3. Language, The Art of Travel, Shanghai by IvetteLeave a Comment

This past weekend I left Shanghai to go to Enping. Enping is 2.5 hours away from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. It is a second-tier city famous for their hot springs. Shockingly, in comparison to the metropolis of Shanghai, I thought that the food in Enping was better and the people seemed friendlier. Now, this may only be the case because I …

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Lost in Shanghai

In 2. Wayfinding, The Art of Travel, Shanghai by Ivette1 Comment

Last week, I had a doctor’s appointment an hour away from NYU Shanghai. In order to be on time, I ordered a DiDi, the Chinese equivalent to an Uber. The trip there was a nightmare, traffic turned a half hour car ride into a hour long. The driver was also driving the car frustratingly slow–every car passed us. Driving through …

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Hopeless in Shanghai

In 1. Greetings, The Art of Travel, Shanghai by Ivette3 Comments

你们好!(Hi guys!) My name is Ivette Chen. I am currently a senior in Tandon majoring Biomolecular Studies. After spending three years studying nothing but sciences, I have decided to spend one of my last semesters away from a mundane life associated with an engineering school. Initially, I was skeptical about going abroad. I would have to stay an extra semester …