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About this project
In June 2012, a group of seven students from Stony Brook University set out on a reportorial tour of China.
They visited two areas: first, Baoding, which is about 90 miles south of Beijing in Hebei Province; second, Guizhou Province, which is located in southwest China and is the poorest, most rural area in the country. The students’ goal was to capture modern China - from big city to countryside, warts and all - in word, picture and sound. Their effort is recorded here on this web site.
Lead by Associate Professor Charles Haddad and Study Abroad Advisor Yilin Wang, the June trip was part of the school’s annual study abroad program called Journalism Without Walls.
For Chinese college students, joining the party does not translate into a game of beer pong. Rather, it means gaining entrance to an elite club that is largely Communist in name only. Continue reading
One night while in Baoding, I was drawing a portrait of my Chinese friend Jing. Jing is a slim 19-years-old young woman with fair skin, long black hair and high cheekbones. To me she epitomized a beautiful Asian girl. I especially liked her high cheekbones and told her so. Continue reading
A towering stone statute of Chairman Mao greets all visitors to the sprawling, fortress like campus of China Juli Group, one of China’s premier private companies. Asked about why a private company would honor a man who persecuted businessmen, Guanjun Liu, the company’s executive vice president shrugged and said with a sly smile, “We want to honor our heritage.” Continue reading
It was not even 7 in the morning, yet the sound of high-pitched Chinese opera attracted my attention. I could see 30 middle-aged Chinese women performing a synchronized routine with red accented fans in the middle of a park before I even stepped out of the van. Continue reading