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China: Internship Program, Summer 2011


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This is a tribute.

A tribute to shirtless old men walking around and rubbing their bellies after dinner.

A tribute to thinking oil was tea.

A tribute to being sent to a wine store when asking to buy fruits

A tribute to all the motorcycle riders I could not ride with.

A tribute to all the people who shouted "lao wai", or "hallo!"

A tribute to splendid costumes, red sparkles and minority outfits.

A tribute to crying from spicy food.

A tribute to a lake of lily pads.

A tribute to crowded streets, cars like sardines.

A tribute to the smell of old po'er cha.

A tribute to smiles of the oldest and youngest people I have every seen.

A tribute to the tallest and shortest people I have ever seen.

A tribute to meditation.

A tribute to dancing.

A tribute to everyone who helped me when I needed it.

A tribute to unbelievably generous gifts, to the hospitable culture of china.

A tribute to cheap massage parlors, and nail salons where they paint pandas on your fingers.

A tribute to a new and immense family.

A tribute to Confucius.

A tribute to being lost.

A tribute to fruit vendors on the street wowing you with hormone-expanded size.

A tribute to running in the morning through puddles and people.

A tribute to fights to get on the bus.

A tribute to the people who asked to take pictures with us.

this is a tribute to Kunming. The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, this is a city of life love, and lots of people. Thank you to the Wu family, you were incredible. Thanks to the Boao Investment company for hosting me. Thanks Dragons, you've been great.

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A Tribute

Alessandra Powell,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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This is a tribute. A tribute to shirtless old men walking around and rubbing their bellies after dinner. A tribute to thinking oil was tea. A tribute to being sent to a wine store when asking to buy fruits A tribute to all the motorcycle riders I could not ride with. A tribute to all […]

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07/30/11

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Alessandra Powell

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China Internship is somewhat different from other Dragons program. It is much more urban than rural, sedentary rather than nomad and places more emphasis on building long-term relationships rather than jumping from one place to another every few days or so.

Yet we are about to enter the realm of the unknown as we are leaving the comfort of our families to travel through the wilderness of Tiger Leaping Gorge and the splendid scenery of Zhongdian and Nizu. After discovering the secrets of the Chinese business world and the perils of urban traffic, we are about to discover the meaning of the words ''altitude'' and ''isolation'' as we will reach 3000-meter high Tibetan areas surrounded by 5500-meter peaks.

We leave Kunming with our hearts full of enthusiasm and our minds struggling to grasp how different our lives will be and how short our remaining time in China is.

We will face fatigue caused by a mixture of altitude sickness and a busy schedule. We will face unfamiliar situations and will be pushed out of our comfort zone. We will travel rugged and spend half of our time in buses in trains. Yet, no matter the hardships we will face, no matter the challenges that will arise, we will live to tell the tale of what is sure to be an epic ending for our trip.

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Leaving Kunming: The Great Expedition

Max Vachon,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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07/30/11

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Max Vachon

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Hello from Kunming!

Today is our last day in Kunming before we embark on our week-long traveling segment of the internship program. We've just said our good-byes to our host families, and needless to say, there were tears all around.

Now we're all in the dragons house, resting a bit before heading out to the train station to get going. We're saying good-bye to two of our interns, who unfortunately have to return to the USA early. Aside from that, we're all very excited to have booked an overnight train to Lijiang for our first bit of travel. The compartments we booked have six cots each, and are fairly pleasant to stay in. If not the most comfortable, it will definitely be conducive towards group bonding.

As for trekking, we're all very excited to be heading to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is sure to be beautiful at this time of year. We'll spend two days hiking there before moving onto Deqin, which has some of the biggest mountains in the world. Save for maybe Mt. Kilimanjaro in Alaska, they're bigger than any of mountains to be found in the states.

Sincerely, the Dragons Intern.

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Train Rides and Trekking

Dragons Intern,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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Hello from Kunming! Today is our last day in Kunming before we embark on our week-long traveling segment of the internship program. We’ve just said our good-byes to our host families, and needless to say, there were tears all around. Now we’re all in the dragons house, resting a bit before heading out to the […]

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07/30/11

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Dragons Intern

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Lost in Translation

Brian Lee,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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07/30/11

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Brian Lee

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Red Dragons

Imogen Morrall,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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07/30/11

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Imogen Morrall

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As hard as it is to believe, today we leave Kunming and sadly say goodbye to two of our fellow Dragon students. While we have been consistently busy throughout our time here, this last week definitely tops the list, from our final days working as interns, to our host family dinner, our ISP presentations and finally, the big “(RED) Dragon” Charity Event. Each of these different events made me reflect on our time here in the “spring city” of China and how great an experience it really has been. First, our internship gave us an insight into Chinese business culture that you could not simply learn through a book (another reminder of how different our cultures are); we alsobuilt “guan xi” and learnt skills that we can apply to future work placements, thus laying the foundations for potential career paths. Our host family dinner was a simple way of saying thank you to our family for all their support, patience and generousity. I know my family went way beyond the call of duty with providing me with bags of fruit everyday for myself and my friends; taking me to get massages; and finally, introducing me to their family and friends outside of Kunming in a tiny, rural village – a part of China very few are lucky enough to experience. The “(RED) Dragon” Charity Event was a huge success with Imo as the star of the show performing on her flute for the entire first half and was then back on stage to sing three more songs in the second part of the night. It was a great evening and made me realize how far we have all come. All in all, a hectic yet great way to end our time here in this beautiful city. So for now, goodbye Kunming and hello, rural China.

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Goodbye Kunming, Hello Rural China

Daniel O'Brien,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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As hard as it is to believe, today we leave Kunming and sadly say goodbye to two of our fellow Dragon students. While we have been consistently busy throughout our time here, this last week definitely tops the list, from our final days working as interns, to our host family dinner, our ISP presentations and […]

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07/29/11

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Daniel O'Brien

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Mentor Dinner

I-Team,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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07/22/11

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I-Team

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While it is hard to believe how fast these three weeks havegone by, it iseven harder to believe how many amazing sites we have seen; how much we have managed to do; and how many great people we have already met in such a short period of time. However, as the title of our program gives away, it is the internship at the end of the day which is our central focus and what we really hope to take away from.

Upon arriving in Kunming, I was suddendly apprehensive about the whole internship experience; I had these images of myself doing no more than the occassional coffee run and otherwise sitting around an office, being more of an annoyancethan anything else. But I am pleased to say, I was wrong. Rather, over the past two and half weeks I have gained so much from working at Da Cheng Law Firm. I have essentially been given a role as a researcher, from doing reserach on potential clients in South East Asia to research on possible affiliate law firms overseas. I have also had the opportunity to help with translating emails and contracts. Moreover, I have learnt a great deal about Chinese law and how the civilian legal system here is so distinct from British common law. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this work experience has served as an important catalyst in my realisation that law is defnitely a path I will want to pursue in the future, wherever that will be.

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Halfway

Daniel O'Brien,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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07/20/11

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Daniel O'Brien

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Hello,

As the group closes in closer to the expedition phase, I can’t help but to start to reflect on our journey as a whole in Kunming. To be a part of the internship program has been truly a life changing experience for me and everyone else on this trip. People have learned how to thrive in an foreign and strange environment that is China. Sure, there were many tough times like when some of us got lost on our way to the intern house, but we never gave up. We all have gotten through the tough times with smiles and good attitudes.

It is unfortunate that we are almost done with the internship phase of our trip but I feel that we are now equipped with the tools to thrive on our expedition phase. It will be very fun to see the group work together and plan out this part of the trip ourselves! I am confident that the group is going to have a wonderful final week in china once we complete our internships.

-Will

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Reflection

Will,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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Hello, As the group closes in closer to the expedition phase, I can’t help but to start to reflect on our journey as a whole in Kunming. To be a part of the internship program has been truly a life changing experience for me and everyone else on this trip. People have learned how to […]

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07/19/11

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Will

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    [post_content] => As a returning Dragons student, I wasn’t expecting any major surprises on this trip, especially considering the fact that I live with the same family that hosted me last year. I knew what my office would look like, as I had visited it last year and I was expecting to do all the little things usually done by interning Dragon students: serving tea, doing photocopies etc…It was thus no surprise that I ended up as a receptionist, greeting clients, serving them tea and occasionally giving lawyers a phone call to tell them they received a package. It was also no surprise that I enjoy it : I can chat with my colleagues when they pass by (they are all very curious about what I am doing here) and interact with clients who are sometimes caught off-balanced by the sight of a blond-haired foreigner enthusiastically greeting them (in Chinese).But the most interesting part is yet to come. My mentor (and homestay dad) has informed me that he will take me to some of his business meetings so I can see first-hand what the business experience in China is all about. Of course, my role will be limited to that of an observer and I will have to abstain from the drinking and smoking that is usually rife in such events. But I will certainly get the chance to learn a lot by observing, listening and being at the right place at the right time.And that is what interning is all about.
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China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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Interning at a Chinese Law Firm

Max Vachon,China: Internship Program, Summer 2011

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As a returning Dragons student, I wasn’t expecting any major surprises on this trip, especially considering the fact that I live with the same family that hosted me last year. I knew what my office would look like, as I had visited it last year and I was expecting to do all the little things […]

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07/15/11

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Max Vachon

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