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Taiwan Excursion Itinerary

Jenny, Dragons Admin

Below is a tentative itinerary for the program’s excursion to Taiwan.  Note: This itinerary may change, depending on the needs of the student group and our assessment of the evolving coronavirus situation in Mainland China.  We also wanted you......Read More

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Update Regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

Tim Hare, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons students, parents, and extended community, We wanted to send an overview of the ongoing 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and current impact on Dragons programming. While the majority of attention has been focused on China, we......Read More

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Mid-Course Excursion

Svetlana Johnson, Participant

Dear friends, family, instructors and curious others, For those of you who have been keeping track, then I’m sure your aware that it has been approximately four and a half months since our little group entered China. As such, this weekend we shall......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Lost and Found

Lauren Aung, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I bike home, I anticipate not my building— a nondescript, seven story complex on top of convenience stores and massage parlors— but the building across from it. It towers over mine twenty-five stories high, and two looming characters......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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The Problem with Being Human

Svetlana Johnson, Participant

In video games, your character starts off much like you do in real life- at level 1. Gradually, as your character puts in work and time, that little bar over your head gets filled and in an eruption of digital confetti you reach level 2 and then......Read More

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Happiness

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

And it’s the boy playing frisbee with his old man next to me, And his old man playing too.   It’s the smell of the sweet loaves at night.   The skyrises and skyscrapers bring partial protection.   And it’s the family......Read More

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Public Transportation and Me

Svetlana Johnson, Participant

I feel absolutely no shame admitting that one of my reasons for going on Bridge Year, was to get an up-close look at functional public transportation. To anybody who knows me, it is no secret that I love the idea of public transportation. Growing up......Read More

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Snow globes in Puzhehei

Lauren Aung, Participant

After lunch, our group consistently falls into an afternoon lull. Lethargy follows our full bellies like an over attatched puppy, and last Sunday, in Puzhehei, was no different. Reflecting the pace of the off-season tourist town we were spending the......Read More

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Trains

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Near my house, there’s a lonely railroad. Word on the street is, a train passed through it a couple of years ago. No one saw it coming, but those who did moved out of its way. Legend has it ran for a couple of months. It chooed its choos and......Read More

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Hooks

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Beside my homestay home, there’s a river. I go there sometimes to watch it flow. The vacant railroad crosses right over it. If you sit there for a while you start to notice. Listen carefully and you’ll hear the fisherman on the side of......Read More

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Ka Fei Guan Adventure

Ben, Chris, & Julia, Participant

[Dear reader, the following conversations were (mostly) in Chinese.] Julia: Ok so the point of the game is that you want to be the first settler to reach 10 points. You can earn points in a lot of different ways, but they all boil down to getting......Read More

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Suns

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

My mamma taught me about humility, and my dad showed me how to work hard.  I love em both. My brothers taught me a thing or two about perseverance, and my sisters tested my patience. Nguyen said if I used the heart, the words would flow. De Anda......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Learning as an ABC

Lauren Aung, Participant

I learned how to write my name,李乐玲(Lǐ Lè Líng), my first day of Chinese class in Kunming. Although given to me at birth, I didn’t know my Chinese name until this summer, when my grandfather wrote down a family tree for me to take to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Breakfast

Julia Zhou, Participant

I’m starting to really love breakfast. It’s evolved from most neglected to most anticipated meal of the day. Every morning I wake up to a combination of steamed buns, meatbuns, sweet honey, eggs poached in red sugar water, congee, and soy milk.......Read More

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Moons

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Yak of the Week

Humble me again I ask of Kunming, as I bike through its crowded streets and vacant railroads. Remind me of the person there is still to become before I forget. Teach me of patience I ask 老师. Knowing that time will continue impatiently until we......Read More