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China: South of the Clouds

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Hi!

Amanda, Participant

Hey everyone!! My name is Amanda Tung and I’m from Hong Kong. I have been a student at Pomona College in Claremont for the past two years but I am transferring to Brown University next Spring as a new Junior! I am currently a history major......Read More

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Hi from Melissa

Melissa Tungare, Dragons Admin

Hey guys! I’m Melissa, and I’m BEYOND excited to be going to China with all of you next month! I’m from Morristown, New Jersey and have no idea what to write in an introduction. Here goes. So… Why am I interested in this......Read More

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Hi!

Thomas Falci, Participant

Hey everyone!  My name is Thomas and I am an 18-year-old from New York (about 30 minutes outside of the city).  I have been thinking about this trip all summer and can not wait to meet you all in just a few more weeks!  I originally decided to......Read More

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Packing Tips

Instructor Team, Participant

Hello from your instructor team! We hope you are all reading up about China, practicing your Chinese, and generally getting excited for our incredible semester together. To aid you in your course preparation, this Yak covers some packing......Read More

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Presenting your Fall 2018 China Itinerary

Instructor Team, Instructor

Dear Dragons, Welcome to your course. Over the past few weeks we have been evaluating past courses, our own experience and expertise, and, most importantly, your passions and interests to design an itinerary for our upcoming 3 months together. We......Read More

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Internet Access in China

Instructor Team, Instructor

You all have surely heard of internet censorship in China. This is a very big and complex topic that we will definitely be chatting about during our time in China. Many websites we often use in other parts of the world will not be available without......Read More

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Hi! :)

Ellie Kunitz-Levy, Participant

Hello, everyone! (I’m the person on the right in the red dress, though I promise you I definitely do not look like that all the time. I look like that about 5% of the time. Still, I figured no harm in putting your best foot forward!) Anyways,......Read More

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Important information regarding technology

Instructor Team, Instructor

Greetings Students, Technology can be amazing. It has the ability to connect people in the most remote parts of the world, to spread ideas and to inspire us. However, we’re sure you’ve seen the ugly side of technology as well. Tools like......Read More

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Instructor Intro – Madeleine

Madeleine Colvin, Participant

大家好!Hello China semester students! My name is Madeleine (in Chinese, 颜西樱 Yán Xīyīng) and I will be one of your three instructors this fall, along with Zack and Long Yun. I grew up near Seattle, Washington, though my mom is from......Read More

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2018 China fall semester

LongYun, Participant

I want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Longyun and we’ll be spending 3 month together in China this fall. First off, I’m a native of Kunming and majored in physical education at Yunnan Normal University. Although I’ve lived......Read More

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大家好!

Peter Maris, Participant

Hey! I’m Peter, and I’m from the great state of New Jersey. I took five years of Chinese in high school, but my language skill leaves a lot to be desired, so I hope that will improve on the trip. After Dragons, I’ll be doing an internship in......Read More

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Instructor Introduction

Zack Siddall, Participant

你们好 学生们 and greetings from the city of eternal spring, Kunming. Kunming is located in Yunnan province in southwest China. It shares its southern border with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam and is home to some 25 officially recognized ethnic......Read More

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Nǐ hǎo :)

Bennett Verderame, Participant

Hi! I’m Bennett, and I’m an 18-year-old from Virginia in the U.S. (that’s a selfie I just took). I just graduated high school and did not want to go to college yet, which, in addition to having a passion for martial arts and a......Read More

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Hello :)

Mercedes Hieb, Participant

Hello! My name is Mercedes. I’m Guatemalan-American, currently living in Hong Kong. I’m originally from NYC though I’ve also lived in London. I’ve had my fair share of experiences travelling abroad with my family, friends,......Read More

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Welcome Fall Students!

Jody, Dragons Admin

Hello China Fall 2018 Semester Students & Families! Welcome to the Yak Board! Going forward, this will be our main forum for sharing information about preparing for the semester, a place for instructors and students to introduce themselves, a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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A note on social media

Miriam, Dragons Admin

Dear Fall 2018 Travelers, It’s great to see your Yak Board come to life! This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we understand that you’re likely anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you: please......Read More