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Abuah’s Story

Maia, Participant

Abuah was our trekking guide for our three days of trekking in the Lijang mountains. He is from the Lisu people, an ethnic minority group in China. In Lisu culture, there is fire pit culture, telling stories around a fire. They do not have......Read More

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Tangled Translations part 2: Naxi Narratives

Skylar & Solange, Participant

On a more serious note, tonight we were faced with a new challenge – translating a traditional Naxi tale. Since coming to the Nanyao homestay, we have had difficulty understanding the local accent, but as the few students who know some......Read More

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Tangled Translations part 1: Mandarin Memes on...

Skylar & Solange, Participant

As two of the more advanced Chinese students on the program, many of our friends turned to us for translation help as soon as we arrived in China. We first taught the group “survival Chinese” like numbers, “toilet paper,” and......Read More

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Some Highlights from Nanyao

Solange, Participant

As soon as we stepped off the overnight train in Lijiang, I could sense the change in scenery. The temperature had dropped significantly and gone were the skyscrapers of Jinghong, replaced instead with mountains in nearly every direction. As the sun......Read More