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A German student Jorg, who goes by his Chinese name Yue Kaihan, graduate of the class of 2017 from Institute of China Studies, Zhejiang University, cycled 5,800 kilometers across China to explore what exactly the Chinese Dream is among ordinary people. His footprints have spread across 12 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, from the northernmost city of Mohe to the southernmost city of Sanya. At the end of his journey, Yue documented what he saw in a 31,000-word long essay which he named “Ordinary people’s Chinese dreams”. His story has become a hit on the internet.
The following is the report by CGTN (China Global Television Network)
German student cycles around China in search of Chinese Dream
For his graduate thesis, a German student Jorg, who goes by his Chinese name Yue Kaihan, cycled 5,800 kilometers across China to explore what exactly the Chinese Dream is among ordinary people.
“What’s your Chinese Dream?” is the question Yue, who majored in Chinese studies at Zhejiang University in eastern Zhejiang Province, asked every stranger he came across on his 100-day journey.
Jorg at Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan Province /Photo from Yue's Wechat account
The 28-year-old first came across the buzzword “Chinese Dream” in 2013, after the idea was put forward by President Xi Jinping calling on people to collaboratively achieve the goals of building a moderately prosperous society and realizing national rejuvenation.
In 2015, Yue returned to China to complete his masters degree in Chinese studies when he encountered the terminology again in class and academic papers.
Thinking that a thousand people may have a thousand different Chinese dreams, Yue proposed a field trip across China searching for the connotation behind the idea, local paper Qianjiang Evening News reports.
With only a backpack and a foldable bicycle small enough to fit in a plastic bag, Yue set off on his journey in May last year.
Jorg's foldable bicycle /Photo from Yue's Wechat account
His trip saw him cover 12 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, from the northernmost city of Mohe to the southernmost city of Sanya.
Along the way, he set up a public account on Chinese social media platform Wechat to record and share his experiences during the trip.
A photo marking his 61th day on his field trip /Photo from Yue's Wechat account
In the northernmost city of Mohe, Yue tried a public bath in a place where many families don’t own a bathroom.
Yue took a rest on his trip near Mohe City in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. /Photo from Yue's Wechat account
In Inner Mongolia, he camped in the wild in Aoluguya village where the Ewenke people live, a Chinese minority group who live off raising reindeers and hunting in forests.
Camping site in Aoluguya village, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region /Photo from Yue's Wechat account
On the 57th day of his trip, Yue recounted his encounter with a Tai Chi master called Li. After realizing his passion for Tai Chi, Li quit his job as an engineer and started teaching the traditional martial art.
Li's Chinese Dream is to pass on this cultural tradition to the next generation.
At the end of his journey, Yue documented what he saw in a 31,000-word long essay which he named “Ordinary people’s Chinese dreams.”
“Everyone has a different Chinese Dream,” he said.
“Urban-rural disparity is obvious, with people in the countryside preferring a peaceful life while urban residents striving for more achievements. But they all share the positive attitude towards chasing a dream.”
On November 25th, Professor Wu Zhaohui, President of Zhejiang University, led a delegation to visit International Campus, accompanied by Professor Song Yonghua, Executive Vice President of ZJU and Dean of International Campus, Professor He Lianzhen, Executive Vice Dean of International Campus, and Professor Fu Qiang, Assistant President of ZJU, Secretary of Party Working Committee, and Vice Dean of International Campus, ZJU.
After having lunch with students at the dining hall, President Wu greeted both Chinese and foreign teachers and students at the Faculty and Staff Apartments and Residential College. A meeting was then held between President Wu and representatives of faculty and staff at the International Campus.
Centering around ZJU’s “Double First-rate" strategic initiative, Presidents Wu discussed with faculty representatives from ZJU-Edinburgh and ZJU-UIUC joint institutes and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the long-term development plan of International Campus. He stressed that significant achievements have been made and a sound and healthy development momentum and pattern have been sustained since the official establishment of the Campus, showing full confidence and perspective towards the future of International Campus. Wu pointed out that, in keeping with the global development trend in higher education, the Campus should devote continued efforts towards fulfilling the fundamental task of whole person education and building an innovative pedagogy that combines the best practice of the east and west, positioning itself as a forerunner among institutions of higher education in China. He added that, International Campus plays a key role in the realization of Zhejiang University’s “Double First-rate” goals; therefore, efforts must be made to enhance its disciplinary strength by drawing on the strengths of world-class universities and the leading disciplines of the main campus. President Wu concluded that the Campus should continue to deepen its cooperation with world prestigious universities with the aim to attract high-quality educational resources. In addition, an international platform for scientific and technological research needs to be built to further exert its global influence and to promote the comprehensive development of International Campus.
Ten faculty representatives, including Associate Professor Ahmed Al-Hashash from ZJE, Assistant Professor Hu Huan from ZJUI, as well as senior administrators of the Campus and heads of relevant Campus departments attended the meeting.
In order to further strengthen the cooperation and exchanges between Zhejiang University and universities in Hong Kong, Professor Song Yonghua, Executive Vice President, ZJU led a delegation to HK top universities, including the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), and City University of Hong Kong (CityU), laying a fruitful foundation for the establishment of Business School at International Campus, ZJU.
On 13 November, Professor Song and the team paid a visit to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and met with Professor Fanny M.C. Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of CUHK, and Mr. Keith Wong, Administrative Director of Global Engagement Office, CUHK Business School. Mr. Wong gave a detailed introduction of the School in terms of its vision and mission, talents recruitment, and programs among other aspects.
Visited the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Visited CUHK Business School
In the afternoon, the delegation visited the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and held talks with Professor Mark Hodgson, Vice-President for Administration and Business, and Professor Kar Yan TAM, Dean of the HKUST Business School. The two sides exchanged views on the issue of the development of Business School.
Visited Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Then, the delegation continued their visit to the University of Hong Kong, and met with Professor W. John Kao, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of HKU, and Professor Cai Hongbin, Dean of Faculty of Business and Economics. Striving to nurture first-class business leaders and foster academic research to serve the needs of Hong Kong, Asia and beyond, the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) takes an entrepreneurial approach to meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing environment. An extensive discussion was carried out between the two sides in areas, including FBE’s vision and core values, human resources, overseas cooperation and exchanges, as well as the difference in education at mainland China.
Visited The University of Hong Kong
On 14 November, Professor Song and the team went to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and were welcomed by Professor Daniel T.L. SHEK, Associate Vice President of PolyU, Professor Fang Qisi, PolyU Design, and Dr Pun-zee Pamsy Hui, Faculty of Business. Then team then visited TC Yung International Center for Maritime Studies, and Jockey Club Innovation Tower.
Visited The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
In the afternoon, Professor Song visited City University of Hong Kong, and met with Vice President Lv Jian, and Zhuo Yan, Associate Director of Global Services Office. Recent achievements in global rankings highlight the strength of the research, internationalization, reputation, faculty, students and programs at City University of Hong Kong.
Visited City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
Visited State Key Laboroatory of Millimeter Waves at CityU
To better demonstrate the charm of traditional Chinese culture, and deepen the understanding of culture for both Chinese and international students, national intangible cultural heritage—Haining Xiashi Lanterns are being displayed at the library on International Campus. Besides the exhibition, a lecture, given by the heir to this intangible cultural heritage, will be held to show you how to make and design colored-lanterns, and introduce to you the history of this traditional art.
In 2006, Xiashi lantern was listed into the first batch of national-level intangible cultural heritages. With its delicate craftsmanship, namely a combination of eight traditional techniques—stitching, bend, kont, tie, sculpture, paste, mounting and painting, the Haining Xiashi Lantern is a treasure of traditional Chinese art.
Lotus-Gathering Boat Lantern
Vase Lantern& Teapot Lantern
Hexagonal Palace Lantern
With the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, socialism with Chinese characteristics provides wisdom and new thoughts for global development, drawing extensive attention around the world. Giusto Patricio Javier, graduate student of the class of 2017 from Institute of China Studies, Zhejiang University, and professor of Politics at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, shared his views on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics in interviews with China Radio International (CRI) and CCTV.
Giusto Patricio Javier expressed his confidence in the great rejuvenation of Chinese nation in the new era under the leadership of Presidents Xi Jinping. He said in the interview that “I believe that the main achievements of Xi's administration in the past first five years have been: deepening the economic development with a focus on technology and innovation; implementing the "One Belt, One Road" Initiative (the largest infrastructure plan in the history of mankind), the green development with an impressive transformation of China's energy mix and the relentless anti-corruption campaign. Undoubtedly, these achievements will be part of his legacy. It's deepening in the next five years is what will pave the way to achieving the goals of the "two centennials”.
The Program of China Studies gives emphasis on the exploration of Chinese society through “The Second Classroom”, with its curriculum covering many fields such as Chinese history, reforms, society and lifestyles.
During the two years program of the MCS program I had the unique opportunity to meet brilliant people with many different cultural backgrounds but one thing in common - the enthusiasm for China. While the inter-disciplanry curriculum is focused on providing an understanding of China's history, culture, economics and language, the MCS program supports you in exploring China first-hand and directly apply what you have learned e.g. during my research project leading through whole China.
Maria Gpe. Bojorquez-GomezAs a two-year MCS student, I benefit from the resources and attention of the university for my academic and personal growth. During my time in the China Studies Program, I have learned immensely about China, particularly about Chinese history. Not only have our professors exposed us to various Chinese ways of life during class excursions, but the MCS has also taken measures to assure our understanding of China through lectures and regional trips. The weekly Chinese language courses and MCS library have also deepened my personal understanding of Chinese culture. I look forward to continue my studies with the support of the university throughout my thesis research and internship experience.
The MCS program has provided me with an invaluable multifaceted learning experience in an incredibly dynamic environment. The program provides numerous opportunities to explore China in and out of the classroom by organizing field trips that allow us to experience what we've been studying. My favorite trip was for a class called "In the Process of Modernization: Local Society in Modern China", where we discussed different aspects of how rapid development has effected smaller cities and towns across China. The professor of the course took us to her hometown, outside of Hangzhou, and we had the opportunity to interview local government officials and learn about their plans for future development of the city including how they plan to address environmental concerns of residents and tackle the various consequences of rapid industrialization.
Vanya PadalovaChina is a country and a culture that we all need to learn about, but if we are lucky, we would get to experience it, and that is incomparable! And what better way to do that than Masters IN China! Coming to China all the way from your cozy home might be overwhelming because it requires you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace something new and completely different. Sometimes it is not that easy, but if you do, you learn, you get hurt, you experience, you understand, you grow! The China Studies department in ZJU have done their best to ensure that they prepare us well and help us on the way to understanding this amazing new world. Being a Zhejiang University student has given me a lot of great opportunities and it has changed my life for good!
Mindaugas CesnaviciusChina Studies master degree program is much more than just an academic knowledge about China. It is new friends from all around the world, opportunities to travel and discover, food to taste and enjoy, convenient environment to study, facilities to grow mentally and physically, new things to learn and experience, helpful and sincere staff, amazing days and unforgettable nights. All in all, for me it is adventure of the lifetime, which happens in China.
I am 24-year-old university student from Finland, majoring Automation and Systems Technology. I visited in ZJU for a student exchange program at Autumn semester 2016 and now my master studies are almost completed. I learned facts about China and of course improved my language skills. Moreover, my experience about living and studying in Chinese University will be valuable because my future work is closely related to Chinese companies. Besides studying and hectic working life, I especially enjoy jogging in mystic forests, doing parkour in city centrum and smiling to foreigners I meet at streets.
"The MCS program is unique both in its broad scope and its approach to the China Studies field. Instead of being based on Euro-American academic models, the program constantly challenges students to engage with China on the local level. I'm grateful for the scholarship opportunities to do hands-on research and collaborate with scholars from around the world. I'm especially appreciative of the personal and professional relationships cultivated with the greater MCS community. The continued investment of resources means that the MCS program will continue to evolve at an impressive rate. As an alumnus, I look forward to future development a creative and innovative program."