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Princeton Bridge Year China 2017-18

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Foreigner

Owen Matthews, Participant

Yak of the Week

As I enter the courtyard, I lock eyes with a boy. No one else has noticed me. After a moment of shared recognition, a scream erupts from his small frame, “WAI GUOOOOO RENNNNNNN.” One thousand heads snap in my direction. The news of the foreigner......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2017-18

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The Piano In My Bedroom

Owen Matthews, Participant

Upon initial arrival in Kunming, I was both thrilled and concerned to find that my homestay family’s piano resides in my bedroom: excited to hear the melodies that I was sure would flow from it, and apprehensive that the placement of the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2017-18

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Jie Jie

Helen Reeves, Participant

“Jie jie, ni yao bu yao qu san bu?” (Older sister, do you want to go on a walk?) My didi (younger brother) looked at me inquisitively. Although he had asked if I wanted to go for a walk, I knew what he really meant: it was time for his......Read More

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Everyday We Feast

Brau Bakker, Participant

Its 6:30 on a chilly autumn evening and I am making my way to the dining hall for dinner. It’s the second week of school and I notice myself still walking with the quick and intentional pace of someone who doesn’t feel at home. However, as soon......Read More

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Happiness at the Next Intersection

Ryan Sung, Participant

After a small breakfast of meat buns in early October, the seven members of our cohort parted ways and began our missions to reach different landmarks around the city. The blueprint for my day’s itinerary was an index card, and on it was inscribed......Read More

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The Piano In My Bedroom

Owen Matthews, Participant

Upon initial arrival in Kunming, I was both thrilled and concerned to find that my homestay family’s piano resides in my bedroom: excited to hear the melodies that I was sure would flow from it, and apprehensive that the placement of the......Read More

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The Artists of Bangdong

Kisara Moore, Participant

3,425 tea leaves. Over the course of five hours, my sling bag has become heavier and heavier on my shoulder as it has fattened up with the day’s harvest. Exhausted, I plop down by a persimmon tree and take a gratifying sip from my water bottle.......Read More

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For the Love of Food

Francesca Block, Participant

I remember moving in with my host family during my first week in Kunming, nervous and tired from lugging all of my bags into my new room, and being told by my Nai Nai (Host Grandma), “If you live here, I’m going to teach you how to cook.”......Read More

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Day One in the City of Eternal Spring

Francesca Block, Ryan Sung, Participant

With our destination in mind but our route unplanned, we hopped onto the 133 bus with hesitant optimism. In an attempt to find our way and practice our Chinese, we asked the woman next to us for directions to the “Golden Horse Jade Chicken......Read More

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Yet Another Yak

Peng Yolos, Participant

We started our day with a trip to a quaint convenience store nestled between two cinder block apartment buildings. The three of us quenched our thirst with some scrumptious fermented milk. We then crusaded through the city in search of wifi.......Read More

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Bangdong Reflections

Owen Matthews, Participant

For the past two weeks, each member of the Bridge Year China 6.0 Group has been staying with his/her own host family in Bangdong, a hospitable tea-picking village in Southwestern Yunnan Province. Here is what the participants have to say about their......Read More