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GIESELMANN: Religion in China

The hour-long commute from classes to my internship in downtown Shanghai is punctuated by a stroll past the Jing’An Temple. This temple — which literally translates as “The Temple of Peace and Harmony”— is unique in its immense size. Gold roofing, red archways, ornate beasts and twisting pillars form an absolutely resplendent example of Chinese architecture. The Kings of Wu […]

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GIESELMANN: Homesickness

Regardless of where I wake up, the first thing I do when I hop out of bed in the morning is look out of my window. The first view of the world outside gives me an idea of the day’s mood. Beyond merely checking for snowfall outside of my Allston apartment, I can see the world waking up around me […]

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GIESELMANN: Tiananmen Square

Beijing is an old city. Compared with the omnipresent bright, neon lights that adorn the mass of skyscrapers in Shanghai, Beijing did not immediately strike me as a thriving metropolis, home to 21 million citizens. Instead of highways elevated above the rest of the city, allowing cars to hurtle around the city four stories up, roads we traveled on in […]

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GIESELMANN: Youth culture in China

Once again, I step onto a crowded subway train. The subway door beeps twice as a man hurries on during the last second. The doors close as the man squeezes in, creating a chain reaction that jostles everyone in a five-foot radius. I hold tightly onto the metal bar in an attempt to remain unmoved, but gravity emerges victorious and […]

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Gieselmann: Taking the subway in Shanghai

I stir in my bed, slowly becoming aware of the world around me. Sunlight leaks in through a slit of cloth, the window to my right barely showing the break of day. I turn over in bed and check the time on my alarm. Having hit the sleep button a few times already, my half-awake mind decides that it is […]

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GIESELMANN: Growing into China

Our bus pulled up to the stop. It was a cold and foggy — a typical winter day in Shanghai. Though rain was not falling, the evidence of a recent storm appeared in puddles haphazardly marking the navy marble tile. A crowd of Chinese citizens hung around a curb, jackets clenched while waiting for the bus. The cold, wet people […]

GIESELMANN: Misconceptions

Before coming to China, I had almost no idea what to expect of the Chinese society. Though traces of Chinese culture exist in America, they are often fragmented into an abstraction that doesn’t fully capture the essence of the culture. Similarly, in my experience, the American media’s portrayal of Chinese life alternates between the traditional Chinese stereotypes (the Great Wall, […]

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GIESELMANN: Acclimation

In an interesting turn of events, our weekend trip to Beijing planned by Boston University’s Shanghai office was canceled at the last minute due to hazardous air quality in the nation’s capital. In recent years, air pollution has become so oppressive that schools and workplaces are sometimes totally shut down on days in which the air quality is deemed too […]

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GIESELMANN: Arrival

After months of speculation, nervousness, restless days and sleepless nights, I finally found myself on my flight to Shanghai. Although 14 hours of uninterrupted airtime is a lot for anyone to handle, I survived the flight without issue. My arrival in Shanghai was met with little pomp or circumstance. Shanghai Pudong International Airport, a more recent addition to the city […]

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GIESELMANN: Process

In my 19 years of life I’ve realized that there isn’t much that’s more painful than waiting in line. I try to avoid situations involving lines as much as possible, but I somehow always end up back in bureaucratic hell. So, in honor of my unfortunate fate, I’d like to list my least favorite lines, in ascending order: waiting in […]

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