Random Assortment of Links

Useful resources for learning about contemporary China:

 English language Sinica Podcast

James Fallows - not always China-related, but always interesting

What's going on in Beijing:

TimeOut Beijing

The Beijinger

China Daily's Beijing Weekend 

Beijing Weather - Weather Underground


Useful language learning tools

Chinesepod podcast - free beginners' podcasts

Popup Chinese podcast - another very good podcast series

Hacking Chinese - interesting ideas on learning Chinese efficiently

Skritter character-learning tool for iPad/iPhone - really fun app

Sinosplice - John Pasden's site on many interesting aspects of China and the Chinese language



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This year was ... different

This year for the first time we didn't get enough students registered for the GCC course at UM. Instead, we brought a small group of faculty and graduate students. The faculty were Kai Cortina, Priti Shah, and Kevin Miller. The graduate students were Channing Mathews, Han Zhang, and Xin Sun. Priti and Channing were coing to China for the first time.

We taught a course at Beijing Normal University focused on research methods and issues in cross-cultural research, and we (mostly Kai) taught a course in Xi'an at Shaanxi Normal University. It was a very interesting and productive visit. It's always interesting for me to see how other people teach, and I think we made good progress in finding ways to extend the connections between UM and these sister universities in China.

I'm hoping that in the future we can find ways to get more faculty and grad students involved, while also resuming the undergraduate trips here. I think that having experience here at a young age can be particularly formative for both undergraduate and graduate students, and, although I hate the word, I do believe that there is synergy in having multiple such activities going on at the same time.

Here's a picture of Kevin, Priti, Kai, and Channing at the Summer Palace (click on thumbnail for full size image)

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