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November 27th，23 international students from Master of China Studies Program visited China Community Construction Exhibition Center accompanied by Professor Lin Ka in order to enhance their understanding of the history of China community construction. The exhibition center is located in Jinchadai Lane, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou.
The students successively visited the exhibition hall of the development of the resident’s committee, the exhibition hall of the development of community construction, the archive of the historical materials of community construction, the exhibition hall of community work and the exhibition hall of the achievement of nation-wide community social organizations.
In the exhibition hall of the development of the resident’s committee, the students listened to the guide’s introduction to the development history of Chinese grassroots organization and the evolution of the grassroots election, and then they discussed the history of electoral system with the guide.
In the exhibition hall of the development of community construction, learning about the rising background and the stages of development of community, the students showed such strong interest in the historical exhibits such as resident identification card and votes that they even had a heated discussion about the exhibits. Some of them took photo of the exhibits.
When visiting the archive of the historical materials of community construction, the students focused their mind on reading varieties of literature materials and the related introductions. They also stood still in front of the sculpture describing the construction of people’s democracy under the leadership of Chairman Mao for a long while, admiring the grassroots democracy construction of the New China.
In the exhibition hall of community work, after learning about the specialist social work service with Chinese characteristics , the students compared the Chinese social work service with foreign ones.
In the last exhibition hall of the achievement of nation-wide community social organizations, the students enjoyed the close experience of Chinese neighborhood mutual assistance and appreciated a series of achievements of grassroots organizations such the theatre stage and the space of children. They all identified with these spontaneously formative social organizations and their influences on community.
November 23th, 38 students from Master of China Studies Program visited Tencent Zhejiang Website Company in Hangzhou, as the practical investigation of China Media course.
Leaded by the course teacher Professor Wei Lu, the teaching assistant Doctor Huang Qing and the employees of Zhejiang Website, the students firstly visit the offices of different departments of the company to know about the basic structure of the company. After that, three project leaders introduced to the students the operation of the company, as well as the application of social Big Data to Penguin Intelligence products and Tencent Intelligence Campus products.
The project leaders illustrated their projects with extremely detailed cases, such as the optimum number of words and pictures in a piece of daily news and the coolest large screen real-time interaction.
In this way, they helped the students to understand better what they had learned about in class.
The students caught the chance and raised varieties of questions: Are the employees required to work overtime? Will the arrangement of the website be adjusted according to users’ feedback? Will the mobile news takes data consumption into consideration? Does face recognition technology involve the problem of privacy security? Are teachers in school willing to apply these new technologies to teaching practice? The project leaders answered these question one by one according to their practical experiences and praised the students for the professional and realistic questions.
The students learned so much from the visit that almost every one of them walked out o the company with reluctance. They said that they enjoyed the great benefit of such practical activity, in which they could combine theory with practice, take full advantage of study China in China, communicate with the employees on the front-line and gain firsthand experience and deep understanding of China.
November 18th, Institute of China Studies organized the field trip of the historic villages of Western Zhejiang. This activity was the extracurricular expansion part of the History of Chinese Thoughts course by Professor Lu Minzhen. During the field trip, the international students visited the characteristic Xinye historic village of Jiande and Zhuge Bagua village of Lanxi.
Xinye Village is located in Daciyan Town, Jiande City. It is a typical village with Huizhou architecture and well-preserved Ming and Qing houses. The ancestral hall culture inherited in the village serves as a living sample of the history of Chinese rural clan. Professor Lu hoped that the international students could understand the meaning of home through the field visit.
It was their first time to step into the Chinese traditional village. When the white wall and black tiles emerged among the mountains, the students were surprised at the beauty of the buildings.
Guided by Teacher Ye, a well-educated resident of the village, the students visited Tuanyun Pagoda, Wenchang Pavilion and West Mountains Ancestral Hall. Professor Lu illustrated the buildings from the perspective of the intelligence history and helped the students with further thinking.
Among the green bricks, gray tiles, horse-head walls, thick beams and small boudoirs echoed the languages of various countries
Zhuge Bagua Village
The Zhuge Bagua Village of Lanxi is the largest ever-found habitant of Zhuge Liang’s descendants, which is famous for the impressive architecture and the peculiar village layout. The well-preserved Ming and Qing houses are arranged according to the traditional image of Bagua.
The local guide introduced the historical changes and the cultural inheritance of the village which enlightened the students a lot. They visited the Prime Minister’s Temple, Dagong Hall, Tianyi Hall Garden and Traditional Chinese Medicine Hall.
The students were attracted not only by the refine buildings and sculptures, but also by the ancient wells and brick road. They inquired, took photos, explore the village in different groups so as to accomplish the investigation work assigned by Professor Lu.
On the top of Tianyi Hall, the highest position of the village, the students overlooked the whole village which appeared to be the scene in a Chinese ink painting. Here introduced the guide the ancestral hall culture and family motto of Zhuge Village. Professor Lu explained the ancient proverb “if you can’t be a good politician, you should be a good doctor” and the instructions in the book Jiezishu from which the student learned the power of family inheritance.
In Tianyi Hall, the student interacted with an old Chinese medicine doctor who showed the magical power of the traditional methods of diagnosis-- looking, listening, questioning and feeling the pulse.
After the field trip, each of them submitted investigation reports and share the experience with others on the class. Besides reading books, experiencing China in the daily life of Chinese city and village can also help international students to understand China generally and deeply. This is exactly the origin purpose of the second classroom of China Studies.
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.”
October 18th-24th, 2017, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held in Beijing. The new thoughts and concepts proposed by President Xi Jinping in his report have attracted world-wide attention.
By watching the 19th CPC National Congress live and documentaries, Institute of China Studies organized the international students to follow and learn about the report of the 19th CPC National Congress so that they could understand the new thoughts of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. Many MCS graduates also paid close attention to the 19th CPC National Congress. The Laotian MCS graduate of class 2015 Leokham Inthavong even sent us his reading of the congress which was written in Chinese, in order to share his perception with the MCS teachers and students.
Leokham Inthavong was the secretary of Consulate General of Laos in Hong Kong and Deputy Director of North Asia Office in the Asia, Pacific and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Laos. He studied in Nanjing University as an undergraduate. In 2014, Leokham won the “Scholarship for Youth of Excellence Scheme of China – Master Program (YES China)” and thus did the master's degree of China Studies in Zhejiang University. After graduation, he returned to Laos and was worked as the Director of North Asia Office. In May 2017, he was promoted to Deputy Consul General of Consulate General of Laos in Guangzhou.
During his study in China, Leokham showed strong interest in China Studies. He carefully observed the Chinese society and took a lot of notes about Chinese macro-economy policy, infrastructure construction, energy conservation, environmental protection and daily life. He also actively participated in varieties of practical activities organized by Institute of China Studies.
Because of his good command of Chinese language, Leokham came out top in the study of many courses. His thesis was 'In Comparison Anti-Poverty Policy between the Lao PDR and the PRC', which was praised by the defense committee for the illuminating opinion and accurate case analysis. As he wrote in the thesis, 'the Laotian government pays much attention to people's well-being and devotes itself to eradicating poverty nationwide by 2020. In my opinion, as far as anti-poverty is concerned, China sets the best example for Laos.'
The full text of Leokham's perception of the 19th CPC National Congress is as follows:
As a diplomat who once lived and studied in china and has been engaged in the foreign affairs with China for a long time, I feel greatly honored to talk about my perception of the 19th CPC National Congress.
It is commonly acknowledged that Laos and China have always been good friends and neighbours. The people of the two countries support each other in the course of defending national independence and development and construction, so that the traditional friendship has been enhanced and consolidated. On April 25th, 1961, Laos and China established the formal diplomatic relations, which was the milestone in the history of Laos-China relations. In recent half century, as is cherished and concerned by the national leader of different generations, the cooperation between the two countries has been constantly improved and strengthened. Especially in 21st century, the cooperation has been obviously deepened. November 2000, President Jiang Zemin visited Laos officially and the two countries signed a joint statement in which they established the development direction of bilateral relations as 'long-term stability, good neighborliness and friendliness, mutual trust and comprehensive cooperation'. September 2009, President Choummaly visited China and reached an significant consensus with President Hu Jintao in promoting Laos-China relations to comprehensive strategic partnership, which served as solid foundation for the constant development of Laos-China relations in the new era. Since then the high-level reciprocal visits has been frequent and the leaders exchange experience of governing, which continuously promotes Laos-China relations fast, deeply and effectively. In the field of economic and trade investment, the two countries collaborate most and in result China has been the No.1 source of foreign investment. The Number of Chinese tourists to Laos has increased yearly. By now, the Chinese government has offered aids to Laos by means of non-reimbursable aid and concessional loan. Especially the Laos-China Railway and Laos No.1 satellite have been the most strategical and historic cooperation projects. In addition, the Chinese government has also provided thousands of Laotian students and government officials with scholarship and training places. The Laos-China cooperation is fruitful and realistic. It has not only contributed greatly to the social development and construction of Laos and the very interests of people, but also maintained and promoted the regional peace, friendship and cooperation.
Personally, I think the Communist Party of China loves peace, values development and advocates win-win cooperation. The party pursues an independent foreign policy of peace and has made great contributions to the global peaceful development. The CPC emphasizes that the development of China depends on the regional and global peace, development and stability. The Chinese development mode leaded by the CPC can offer beneficial experience for the development of other countries including Laos. Last month, the CPC successfully held its 19th National Congress which was politically significant for China, the friendly neighbouring countries including Laos and and the whole world. In this congress, the general policies and guideline of the future development of CPC and China were formulated, and the grand blueprint for Chinese development and construction from the present to the middle of this century. By 2020, China will build a moderately prosperous society in all respects; from 2020 to 2035, the socialist modernization will be basically realized; from 2035 to the middle of this century, China will be built into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful. These general policies are of great referential value for the governing of Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the harmony, stability, and economic development of Laos.
I also note that CPC and Chinese government have paid much attention to anti-poverty project in the five years since the 18th National Congress. The achievement of taking targeted measures to help people lift themselves out of poverty, and the future plan of the fight against poverty are among the important parts of the report of the19th National Congress. President Xi said in the report that, 'The original aspiration and the mission of Chinese Communists is to seek happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chinese nation, and to struggle for the cause of human progress.' His words deeply impressed me.
As good friends and neighbors, there is great potential for the cooperation of Laos and China. In my opinion, we should effectively implement the Belt and Road initiative proposed by President Xi and the important agreement reached by leaders of the two countries. We should strengthen still further the cooperation in fields such as interconnection and interoperability of infrastructure, clean energy, manufacturing process and import and export trade, green agricultural product and ecological tourism so that the two countries can complement each other's advantages.
I assume that the future of Laos-China cooperation must be bright as long as the two countries maintain the traditional friendship and work together. I will spare no efforts to contribute to the Laos-China relationship in my own way.
And finally, I wish that the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Laos and China would live long. I wish that China would realized China Dream. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank my motherland, Chinese government, Zhejiang University and Nanjing University for their support and the chances they have given me .
From Guangzhou, November 2017
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."