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    [post_content] => Hello friends and family- the group has just landed and is de-boarding the plane as we speak (at 8:34 PST). Angela will be helping all students get to their domestic terminal gates, once through Immigration.

If, for some reason, your child does not make their connection, Angela has instructed them to call home. So, in essence, no news is good news from here on out (unless your child has a cell phone that they can use).

Enjoy this special homecoming!
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The group has landed in LA!

Sarah Byrden,China Language 6-week

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Hello friends and family- the group has just landed and is de-boarding the plane as we speak (at 8:34 PST). Angela will be helping all students get to their domestic terminal gates, once through Immigration. If, for some reason, your child does not make their connection, Angela has instructed them to call home. So, in […]

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08/8/13

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Sarah Byrden

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    [post_content] => As one of our final suns dips below the dark horizon, illuminating only the clouds, I am forced to reflect on the turbulant jubilee of events that have taken place over the past six weeks. Through the many people who we have met, whether it be a tourist in Beijing, a homestay in Kuming, or our new friend in Tuan Jie Shi, every new person has not just taught us, but reminded me of my home.
In while within our first weeks I felt like I was hit with a whirlwind of new sights, sounds, and taste. The thing that struck me as the oddist possible thing was the tourists. I walked around and expected everyone to have some kind of job, whether it be hairstylist or whatever, but everywhere were venders and tourguides, people selling water, and hotels. It felt as if the entire community had jumped on the tourist community. I was slightly appaled. I come from Boston and have visited New York but never had I felt like a tourist in my own country and so the mere concept of such a trourism boom over people in one's own country seemed absurd. I met some of the people, visiting Beijing, and many were very nice, taking pictures and talking with us. With this in mind I have been surprised how over the past couple weeks those were some of the people who weren't flustered and weren't rude when we tried to speak, but rather were very open and nice. It struck that these tourist seemed, at times, nicer than any other people we met. This fact has bothered me more and more over the course of the weeks and then I started to realise, I have been a tourist in my own country, and I totally began to understand why they were so nice. I live 30 minutes outside of Boston; however I rarely visited until recently. When I began to compare my own experiences in Boston, I began to realize two facts: I have been a tourist in the state I have lived in for over 90 percent of my life, and that these people were understandably open, they are seeing something rare in some cases, lots of people from everywhere, in their famous places. These facts started to get me thinking that on a whole just because we are from different places doesn't mean that we will be totally different.
This idea began to take form when we finally reached Kunming and I met my host family, but more specifically, my Didi, Domino. Domino is 15 years old and at first I had no clue what to expect, becuase He was chinese. According to my classes, he would be hard working and be very intense and have all the answers to calculas and love his goverment. He was not that. We had many conversations and most were us just taking. Occasionally he would ask about America and I would answer. We talked about school, and he was not a fan becuase he had twice the time, but most were spent in sciences and arts. He was very chill, but he hated living in the city. He missed his hometown in the a small town. He had a passion for fashion and wanted to live in Italy in his later years. He had alot of hopes and such that were interesting, mostly becuase I would have assumed him to be something like a savant at something and that determining his life story. His only great skills that I got the chance to admire was his immense capacity to learn a language. Finnally the last thing, the thing the spun me through the loop, and in a tizzy, He was critical of the government, in the same way I was. He felt that communism was the destruction of china, and we laughed as we talked. It was clear that while he didn't know alot about the various governments of the world, but he knew what wasn't right for his country. It was wonderful becuase this is the same blind faith in my knowlegde that starts most of the debates in my circle of friends. While circumstances are different, at the same time, I feel as if the people in them are similar to the people around the world.
Finnaly there is Pegasus (pronouned Paxus, meaning Pegasus), the 22 year-old who got to know everyone in our group by the time we left. He has been a gamer since he was 4 and loves many of the games he plays. Some of his favourites are WoW, Resident Evil, and Assasins Creed, all games commonly played by my friends. While maybe not when they were 4, Paxus is a nice guy. According to some, He was the web-manager for an incredibly popular sight in china. He seemed like a cool guy and on my way out he said something close to "Your future seems to be a bright one and I hope your achaivements reach to match your height". I am 6' 7" and I wanted the same and more of him, so I replied "Already you seemed to have your acheivements out go your height 1000 times". He then mentioned that He was half-way through his, and I thought He had simply misspoken, so I tried to correct him, one-fourth the way through. He explained why I was wrong. On my way out, as much as I wanted to be jubilant with my friends this weighed on my mind and I started to realize, Life isn't fair. Whether you are in America or China. We are in many facets forced into our position, and this fact leads to in some cases life being unfair.
No matter where we go, there are tourist, even in your own country, a next generation planning tomorrow, and someone who has been cheated, by people or by life itself. Some times becuase we are on other sides of the world, or divided by arbitrary lines that are never actually drawn in the dirt, we forget that everywhere we go, we are people. No matter the argument or side, People are People.
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Most things aren’t skin deep

Seth Judson,China Language 6-week

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As one of our final suns dips below the dark horizon, illuminating only the clouds, I am forced to reflect on the turbulant jubilee of events that have taken place over the past six weeks. Through the many people who we have met, whether it be a tourist in Beijing, a homestay in Kuming, or […]

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08/8/13

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Seth Judson

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你好 and Hello, In a few hours, the members of the Chinese Language 6 Course will go their separate ways. Some of us back to home - to New York, Louisville, and Philadelphia; some of us to brand new places - Cambodia and Thailand; and some of us will be staying in Kunming.  We are all going on new journeys and adventures, but throughout this trip to the Middle Kingdom, we have learned a lot about China, its culture, and ourselves. Even in the worst of times, we pushed ourselves to learn more, driven by a burning curiosity and drive to understand the place we were in. From the food we ate to the language we spoke, all 12 of us were forced to change many aspects of our lives just to survive in this new environment. We will be bring a lot of this changes back to America. For most of the people on this trip, the person coming home is not the same person who left. What should my friends and family know about the new me? I am more open to trying new things. 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To my friends and family at home: I have changed, grown, matured, learned and grown a moustache, but I want everyone to know that no matter how different I am, I'm still the same. All of us came into China thinking it would look a certain way, its people would act a certain way, and and we would all feel uncertain in every way. But, as these 6 weeks progressed, many of these misconceptions, fears, and urban legends were dispelled. We realized that we were much closer to people halfway around the world than we thought. This trip to China has undoubtedly been an education, but in many ways it was also a re-education. What is a misconception I had about China that has been dispelled over the course of this trip? What is the reality? Rice farming was the only kind of farming they did. Instead, it's quite diverse. Everyone there was uneducated about their government, and they believed all the propaganda. Now I know that most people are very well educated. Before I came to China, I erroneously assumed that consumerism would be absent. However, I have realized that families in urban China have the same desire to buy stuff as we do. I assumed that the village life would be unaffected by Western influence, and I assumed there was no migrant worker problem. On both accounts, I was horribly mistaken. Washing your clothes can actually get the dirt off. I thought that Shanghai was a good representation of all of China. How wrong I was. Rural villages can, in fact, be developed. So much so, that everyone has a better cell phone than I. I assumed that the toilet situation in China was quite unsanitary, but it's actually the opposite. You would think, being on the other side of the world, everything would be so different, spending 6 weeks in China, you realize that people are people, no matter where the location. Not everyone looks the same. I thought that family and the way people treat each other would be different. But the family dynamic and the mother to son relationship knows no borders. Many of my misconceptions about China were dispelled in the village of Nanyao. I was surprised to see a large amount of modernization there. The people had televisions and cell phones, and their lives were not much different than my life at home. Even on the other side of the world, people are people and we are all similar and part of the same human race. Although we are sad to leave China, and each other, the mood is not melancholy. We are excited to return home and share our new experiences and knowledge with our friends and family. Thank you to everyone that supported fought so hard for us 12. Jacky, Angela, Rachel, we are forever indebtted to you. Thank you to our friends and families for their undying support. And thank you to the Boulder Administration for giving us this opportunity. 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As We Take Our Leave

China Language 6,Best Notes From The Field, China Language 6-week

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你好 and Hello, In a few hours, the members of the Chinese Language 6 Course will go their separate ways. Some of us back to home – to New York, Louisville, and Philadelphia; some of us to brand new places – Cambodia and Thailand; and some of us will be staying in Kunming.  We are […]

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08/8/13

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China Language 6

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    [post_content] => Hello friends and family,

All students have now boarded the plane back to LA. At the airport we were presented with a final travel challenge – our old nemesis, flight delay. Luckily, the airline was able to put the entire group on a later flight, in time for our connecting flight from Guangzhou to LAX.

We closed out our 6-week journey in China last night with a heartfelt ceremony. Throughout the night, we played Chinese board games, sang our favorite songs, expressed our appreciation for each other, and laughed as a group for one last time.

Thank you Ben, Anya, Hannah, Seth, Harrison, Jonathan, Alex, Rachel, Henry, Jack, Milo, and Conor, for the work you put into this summer. We hope that you have not only improved your Chinese but that you have learned something about yourself.

All the best to your journey ahead. We are cheering you on!

Your instructors,

Jacky, Rachel, Angela
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Goodbye China

I-Team,China Language 6-week

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Hello friends and family, All students have now boarded the plane back to LA. At the airport we were presented with a final travel challenge – our old nemesis, flight delay. Luckily, the airline was able to put the entire group on a later flight, in time for our connecting flight from Guangzhou to LAX. […]

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08/8/13

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I-Team

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We were tasked with writing something to be preformed to the group. After attempting an interpretive dance, drinking hot chocolate and doing laundry, I decided on a sonnet. Here are the 14 unfortunate lines that followed and are a poor reflection of how impactful this course has been. That being said I am sharing my poetry with you all because frankly I kind of like it.
We met in L.A. one fine summer day,
Two days later we landed in Beijing,
I was quiet at first, but it was okay,
We climbed the Great Wall and got some new bling,
I started to open up and let you all in,
The Tankmen took down the Olympic Park,
We had lots of fun with London Tipton,
While walking we were greeted by Hannahs dogs bark,
In Kunming I cheated death on my bike.
And didi took me to learn dance hip hop,
The spring city braught me more love than like,
I didn't want to leave even after the bass drop,
I came in a cocoon and left as a lao hu,
Those are some of the ways I've changed and I've grew.
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6 Weeks, 15 People, 14 Unfortunate Lines

Ben Ynocencio,China Language 6-week

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We were tasked with writing something to be preformed to the group. After attempting an interpretive dance, drinking hot chocolate and doing laundry, I decided on a sonnet. Here are the 14 unfortunate lines that followed and are a poor reflection of how impactful this course has been. That being said I am sharing my […]

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08/6/13

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Ben Ynocencio

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    [post_content] => I didn't know what it meant to be a learner.

I didn't know how to speak Chinese without amusing people.

I didn't know how to listen.

I didn't know how to enjoy being alone.

I didn't know how to direct my authority as a leader.

I didn't know the impact 11 other kids would have on me.

I didn't know how to practice mindfulness.

I didn't know how to take constructive criticism properly.

I didn't know how to turn a bad mood into good mood.

I didn't know it was possible to be happy for 6 consecutive weeks.

After an amazing 6 weeks I now know these things and much more.

I learned that being in a bad mood does good to no one.

I learned that being fluent in Chinese is an amazing long-term goal for me.

I learned that I am completely in control of my happiness

I learned how powerful alone time is.

I learned that  you should always take advantage of the amazing opportunities people present to you.

I learned not to complain.

I learned not to play the victim.

I learned that often your mistakes will affect others much more than they will affect you.

And I learned that that there will always be more to learn.
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Learn, Learned, Learnt?

Hannah Beach,Best Notes From The Field, China Language 6-week

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I didn’t know what it meant to be a learner. I didn’t know how to speak Chinese without amusing people. I didn’t know how to listen. I didn’t know how to enjoy being alone. I didn’t know how to direct my authority as a leader. I didn’t know the impact 11 other kids would have […]

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08/6/13

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Hannah Beach

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Here is a poem/song I wrote today to wrap up my journery:
Okay so let me be honest
And please don't get angry
This is just who I am
Nothings ever gonna change me
I applied back in March
Cuz I wanted to learn Chinese
Going forward with my heart
I knew that it woul be the "bees knees"
And then it finally turned June
I said bye to all my school friends
I'd be off to China soon
Hoping that time would never end
I met all of y'all in LA
We knew eachother in a day
From eating pizza at sunset
I knew we'd all be best of friends
Then we came to LaShiHai
There was a lot of stuff in the streets
Clean clothing was goodbye
Everyday I washed my feet
Still thuogh, was so much fun
I learned a lot in Chinese class
Henri always got "tong feng"
It must have been a pain in the...
I met all of y'all in LA
We knew eachother in a day
From eating pizza at sunset
I knew we'd all be best of friends
After the village came the city
Where I lived with my meimei
Kunming is so pretty
I really enjoyed everyday
Then a few of us broke some rules
For what reason we don't know
Bouler Admin. is so cool
They said we didn't have to go
And now all 15 are here
In a hostel pretty nice
Everywhere are corn fields
And we ate a lot of rice
So who was I at the start
And who is this girl
I learned a lot about myself
I am ready for the world
Yea I made some new pals
But I can be alone
I wanna go everywhere
But right now I miss my home
I met all of y'all in LA
We knew eachother in a day
From eating pizza at sunset
I knew we'd all be best of friends
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End of Course Rap/Yak

Anya Wasserman,China Language 6-week

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Here is a poem/song I wrote today to wrap up my journery: Okay so let me be honest And please don’t get angry This is just who I am Nothings ever gonna change me I applied back in March Cuz I wanted to learn Chinese Going forward with my heart I knew that it woul […]

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08/6/13

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Anya Wasserman

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    [post_content] => I am about to spend my last night in this town outside of Kunming. We have had a great time while here, despite the events that led to a change in the planned location. It's a time for reflection, as we wrap up this amazing course. We have also had a great deal more free time than we did earlier in the course. We spend it in eachothers company, to get as much time to deepen friendships before the group breaks up. Pool and Mahjong are two of our favorite ways to fill the time. We have also been able to dive into the cuisine of the region, as we sample a variety of different resteraunts. I have had six weeks full of exploration, learning, and beauty, and I don't wish to part with the 14 others I shared them with.
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An Hour From Kunming

Milo Goodell,China Language 6-week

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I am about to spend my last night in this town outside of Kunming. We have had a great time while here, despite the events that led to a change in the planned location. It’s a time for reflection, as we wrap up this amazing course. We have also had a great deal more free […]

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08/6/13

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Milo Goodell

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    [post_content] => The sunbeams descended upon me like a waterfall. The desert has formed naturally into sections equally long and wide. Crossing this desert is a rite of passage for my kind, and my brethren and I were eager to forge across. 'Twas bittersweet when we departed, but we knew the outcome would be fine. I journey safely for a few days, but suddenly a Colossus cometh. He sat down directly before me, and some comrade Collosuses joins him. He drops an uprooted tree in my path. Considering the tree is not too tall, the easiest approach is to climb over it, but then I take to the skies. The tree ascends quicker than I had ever dreamed. I turn around, lock on with my legs, and the first Colossus has raised the entire tree. He looks at me with his cold-dead eyes. Any empathy that may exist in the beasts is clearly lacking in this one. Shaking, I climb to the other side, hoping he may forget about me, but no sooner than I escape to the other side does he turn the tree around. His eyes, emotionless like a machine, turn from a dark hazel to grey. I now know that running won't solve anything. I hook to the tree with my hind legs, and raise all my front limbs to the sky. I scream and curse at the beast. I cry and flail, hoping beyond hope that he would release me, and after a few days of intimidation, he returns me to the ground in between two tile cliffs. I walk slowly across the tree and drop into the soft mud between the rocks. I then walk for a few more days, and I am gone.
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The Caterpillar

Conor Jones,China Language 6-week

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The sunbeams descended upon me like a waterfall. The desert has formed naturally into sections equally long and wide. Crossing this desert is a rite of passage for my kind, and my brethren and I were eager to forge across. ‘Twas bittersweet when we departed, but we knew the outcome would be fine. I journey […]

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08/6/13

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Conor Jones

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These are all haikus I wrote them to end the trip I hope you enjoy From mouse to a man Indefatigable me Leaves China alive I came here a boy I am leaving a dragon What is a lotus? Metamorphosis Ignorance to Confucian Now please pass the rice These are my chopsticks Call me the Kung Fu Panda I pick up marbles I am no longer writing haikus as you can clearly see by the number of syllables in this line. Anyways, I want to discuss culture shock a little bit. When I go home I won't be sleeping on wooden boards. When I go home, I will be using a fork and knife for the first time in 6 weeks. When I go home, I can't just spit wherever I want. When I go home, I won't have to pantomime words I don't know. When I go home, I won't be in China. But, I am excited for all of this. This culture shock will allow me to clearly juxtapose myself pre-China and post-China. I can see the changes I have gone through, and I can't wait. I know I've changed, but I haven't noticed it yet because it's been so gradual. When I go home, it will hit me like a truck, and it will be awesome. [post_title] => Overture...No, Wait...Finale [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => overture-no-wait-finale [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-02 14:56:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-02 21:56:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90034 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 218 [name] => China Language 6-week [slug] => china-language-6-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 218 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 97 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 218 [category_count] => 97 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Language 6-week [category_nicename] => china-language-6-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/china-language-6-week/ ) ) [category_links] => China Language 6-week )
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Overture…No, Wait…Finale

Alex Cowen,China Language 6-week

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These are all haikus I wrote them to end the trip I hope you enjoy From mouse to a man Indefatigable me Leaves China alive I came here a boy I am leaving a dragon What is a lotus? Metamorphosis Ignorance to Confucian Now please pass the rice These are my chopsticks Call me the […]

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08/6/13

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Alex Cowen

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