Ben, a 2009 graduate in history with a minor in Mandarin from Dedman College and business from the Cox School, is living in Beijing as a Princeton-in-Asia teaching fellow. He will be teaching at the China Foreign Affairs University for the 2009-2010 academic year. At SMU, Ben studied abroad with the SMU-in-Beijing program at Associated Colleges in China. You can read his older blog here.
Greetings from Dallas! Yes, Dallas. I am fresh off the plane from Beijing to enjoy my winter break. Like the Western world, China also gives its students a holiday after finals, but it coincides with the Spring Festival (known to many as the Chinese New Year). This is the single most important holiday of the year; the country literally shuts down to celebrate. Looking back, I cannot believe the autumn I experienced. Some of it I have already recounted here, but that only covers half of the semester. Since my last post, I began an internship, traveled to Harbin, celebrated the holidays and gave my first round of finals. My first time behind a wok In mid-October I started an [...]