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An Untitled Poem About Tea

Grady Clark, Participant

The gaiwan’s heat reminds an old tea leaf of its time under the golden sun. The once dead leaf awakens to reveal its true fragrance Tell me, how will this rebirth occur if the tea is crushed and bagged? 盖碗的温度让古老的茶叶......Read More

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Daizu Dance

Victoria Azzu, Participant

The Peacock Dance was unlike anything I’ve ever studied in terms of the structure of the class and its movements compared to the styles that I’ve learned. I’ve always taken hip-hop, ballet, modern and contemporary dance classes where a group......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Kunming Days with my Host Brother

Josh Ostrower, Participant

A week and change ago we showed up in Kunming. That day, we arrived at the program house at about 11:00. Everyone’s homestay families were scheduled to pick them up at 12:00. By 12:15, everyone was gone but me. At the last minute, my family had......Read More

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On the Way Home!

Jody, Dragons Admin

All students on the group flight are on their way from Kunming to Beijing, where they’ll transfer for their flight to Los Angeles! With so much thanks to all students, families, instructors Patricia, Ian & Maddie, China Program Coordinator......Read More

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These are Legendary Times

Andrew Huo, Participant

Yak of the Week

There will always be a point in your life when you will feel lost, when you look in the mirror and you don’t recognize who you’ve become and you’re starting to lose grip on what you’re meant to do. This feeling, for me, accumulated over the......Read More

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Journal Entry Before Bed

Claire Ottenstein, Participant

Wow. It’s already August. I feel like this summer just started and then I’ve just been in this surreal dream for the past five weeks. Where did the time go? Never in six weeks have I felt like I’ve changed so much as a person. The friends......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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INTERNATIONAL GROUP RETURN INFORMATION

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

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Tea Love

Grady Clark, Participant

As you have all probably read in a previous Yak, I really love tea, so when we were all choosing which ISP (Independent Study Project) to do while in Kunming, it was clear to me that I wanted to study tea. The tea master the instructors found for me......Read More

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Fyre Festival

Sam & Matthew, Participant

Day 1 One of the first nights in Dali, the same night we got the x-phase introduced, we also heard about the opportunity to experience the 彝族 (yi ethnicity) torch festival. This festival happens every year, all over Yunnan, but the main event......Read More

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Days at the Eco House

Grady Clark 宝玉, Participant

Lying between the shining lake Er Hai and the towering Cangshan Peak is Dali, an ancient city full of beauty and history, and where we have stayed for the past five days. Whereas most groups would have had to stay in a hotel we were lucky enough to......Read More