Day 2: The Exploration of a New World...

Today was our first full day in Xizhou! Every one of my peers has considered this to be such an eventful day, with many new historical discoveries along the way. The main purpose of today was to get to know Xizhou, as we would soon be able to get around without a teacher guiding our way. Today was a day of exploration, and the first tour served the purpose of getting to know and understand our surroundings. Once we had reached the local market, our group stopped by a spice shop, and talked to the vendor about her products. I had used the five senses to help develop observations, and as an end result, learned some new traditional spices. As we were walking around, Mr. Tafel pointed out different pieces of propaganda located on the walls of the village. I made sure to observe the eroded walls that surrounded us, making it hard to believe that in 50 years, it would all be gone.

This day and age, nobody really tells you to 'first attack American imperialism, and then attack Taiwan!' After all, it's quite a controversial sentence. Nevertheless, a wall a few feet away from Yang Zhuo Ran - our living space - had displayed that exact sentence (in Chinese characters) in crumbling red paint. Throughout our village tour, Mr. T explained that this is one of many propaganda messages in Xizhou. This piece in particular was a part of the Chinese government's campaign during the Korean War - since the United States was South Korea's ally and China was North Korea's - and is one the best-preserved messages in Xizhou. While other messages were unreadable and bleached as the decades went by, this piece is legible and only slightly faded. Today, I realized that propaganda messages like this one are highly interesting, for they represent physical snapshots of time. It is crazy to think that we are all surrounded by history... The Shanghai bubble we have learned to accept has erased this from our lives, and being in Xizhou has brought back the culture we never knew was missing.

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Your post, Holly

Hi Holly
I’m having a bit of a history lesson by reading your post, not only is it well written but interesting too

Thanks

Hope all well with you

Love from your favourite Aunty Tracey

Painting a picture.

Holly, your well written words make me feel like I'm there with you. I'm excited to take this journey with with you through your journal entries. Love, Mom

Snapshots of time

Holly I love your saying "physical snapshots of time" and referencing the "Shanghai bubble" in which we live - great writing keep it up.

I now look forward to my lunch time to get on the SASMC site and catch up on all that you have been up to. 

Continue to have fun and absorbe and immerse yourself during this awesome adventure.

Luv and miss ya,

Dad

Hello, I'm Jean! I'm glad

Hello, I'm Jean! I'm glad that you are learning and exploring new things that you can't learn in Shanghai. Thank you for writing the amazing journal. I hope you have a great time in Xizhou!

Hi Everyone! My name is Holly and I am so grateful to say that I am part of the "Ultimate" Microcampus Group. I am learning so much and am so lucky to experience life outside the Shanghai bubble. Not only am I focusing on a topic that I greatly enjoy, but I am able to make connections with the many locals I will soon get to know. This trip I am part of is an unforgettable experience and will "ultimately" be an amazing trip. See you guys in a month!