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Hi from China

Hi dear families and students, I’m Tindy Chen, I’m writing from Southern China, Foshan, where Kungfu originated. I just finished Dragon’s Silk Road course, now I’m enjoying some down time with my family.

I’ll be there to support the fall semester for the Kunming part. I am super excited to get know you all! I want to know your interests and stories! I can’t wait to introduce you my favorite city (Kunming) in China, It’s called the spring city for good reasons, it offers so much nature, parks, diversity, great food  (always such a big topic on China courses), and is home to more than 25 different ethic groups. You will learn folk dance at Cuihu 翠湖 (Green Lake),where hundreds of people gather everyday to celebrate their passion for music. You will find yourself in the middle of a local market bargaining with your homestay families, you will find your own way through the busy streets to your ISP (Independent Study Project). You might make friends with strangers by sharing the same song, you might get lost or scared and feel a little uncomfortable, we are extremely honored to be part of your experience and growth, and we are here for you!

I was born and raised in China, I have lived in over 10 different cities in China. I will celebrate my 30th birthday on this course and I’m so happy all of you will be there to celebrate with me! I moved to Kunming in 2015 to start an art center and organic farm with friends. In Kunming I was an owner of 3 yoga studios and also practiced acupuncture. I see life as a holistic system in which individuals are connected with nature and their inner selves, which I will explain more in my Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Female Entrepreneurs lessons.

I did a “gap year” of traveling this year, I left Kunming in January, sold my yoga studios, went to practice yoga in India for 2 months, visited Dragon’s Andes & Amazon program. In Bolivia, I lived with a homestay family without speaking any Spanish, and that was the highlight of my trip, where we had to communicate through laughter and acting, or just simply doing things together like cooking and cleaning, I loved the pure human connection which felt so precious in the midst of busy daily life.

If you have any questions, need any advice about China, or just want to say hi, Please reach me out at: [email protected]

Finally, I want to share a quote from Howard Thurman:

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.