On This Day: China's Past & Why We should Never Forget December 13

Dec 13, 2018 10:37:00 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

Today is the 81st anniversary of an event that horrified the world. On December 13, 1937, during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, Japanese troops attacked the then capital of China, Nanking (Nanjing) - the government already having relocated - and over six weeks, according to records and reports, murdered around 300,000 Nanjing citizens, including women and children. Today fewer than 400 survivors are still alive to tell the tale.

The story of the Nanjing Massacre has been well told in Iris Chang's 1997 book The Rape of Nanking and in several movies in recent years including "Nanking" ,"City of Life and Death", "John Rabe" and most recently "The Flowers of War". It was perhaps fitting that, along with my students, we watched the showing of "The City of Life and Death" in a large movie theater in Nanjing in 2009. We were a small Western group in a cinema packed with locals and it was impossible not to feel the tears of the audience that night. I wondered how many in that very audience had lost grandparents and other kin in that massacre.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Beijing, China, Local Culture

3 Days in Beijing

Nov 23, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan


Sarah is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Fashion Retail and Merchandising major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Sarah goes to Beijing with her CAPA classmates and spends 3 days exploring the modern and classical aspects of the historic city.


Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Beijing, China, Travel

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Jasheah Howard

Apr 20, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Jasheah studied abroad in Beijing with CAPA International Education during Fall semester 2014. Below, she talks about the many ways that China suprised her by being a fantastic study abroad destination, how her experience helped smash a bunch of stereotypes she had about other cultures by bringing her into contact with people from around the world and how her internship with GMGC shaped her goals for a future career. 
CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
JASHEAH HOWARD: I studied in one of the best, most exciting places known to man: Beijing! I must say that I am extremely glad I studied in this particular region. I go to the State University of New York at Oswego and I double major in Broadcasting / Mass Communications and Language and International Trade. I love traveling, learning different languages, meeting and interacting with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Basically, I enjoy trying new things, from new foods to new ways of thinking.
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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Interviews, Beijing, China

Experiencing Chinese New Year in Asia

Feb 19, 2015 4:00:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Words and photos by Jason Baxter, a CAPA Beijing study abroad alum.

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“Come with me, we have a special task for you,” I am told by my Taiwanese friend as we make our way towards the countryside family home. The entrance is smattered with red paper charms of prosperity and good luck. On one side is a handful of people in conversation and on the other side are the seemingly perpetual rounds of mahjong.

While sidestepping small children playing about, we pass through the kitchen where a team of mothers and aunts work tirelessly to prepare the week-long feast. It is in the dirt backyard, reminiscent of a simpler farming time, where I am confronted with a large bin full of chopped white radishes. A necessary step in preparing the frequently served radish dishes is “tenderizing.” Knee deep and trudging in the bin of radishes, I cannot help but laugh the entire time. This is Chinese New Year in Miaoli county, Taiwan.

An acquaintance from Beijing, China, explained to me “Chinese New Year is the largest migration of ‘mammals’ on the planet” as family members near and far come together to celebrate and strengthen bonds."

I am quite fortunate as my friend’s family still follows a traditional celebration. Having scrubbed every room from the ceiling to the floor, we periodically come together to light incense, burn ghost money, and ignite fireworks to attract good luck in the approaching New Year.Placing the IncensePhoto: Chinese New Year celebrations in Taiwan by tomscy2000

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Posted in: Travel, Beijing, China

Thousand Word Thursdays: Pan Jia Yuan Peddler in Beijing

Dec 18, 2014 8:19:56 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Each Thursday we will post a photo worth a thousand words from one of CAPA International Education’s global cities and let the image speak for itself. Today, Beijing.

Photo: Pan Jia Yuan Peddler in Beijing by Lyle Vincent

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Posted in: Beijing, China

Thousand Word Thursdays: A Beijing Street Scene

Nov 20, 2014 8:02:50 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Each Thursday we will post a photo worth a thousand words from one of CAPA International Education’s global cities and let the image speak for itself.

Photo: Beijing Street Scene by Jonathan Kos-Read

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Posted in: Beijing, China

Interview: Beijing Local Stella Chen

Nov 17, 2014 8:10:27 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Stella Chen (Chen Xiaohua) has been studying in Beijing for the past two years in the Graduate School of China University of Political Science and Law, one of the top two in this field in China. She understands some of the feelings of international students coming to this huge mega city as an outsider and has herself undertaken an internship abroad. In an effort to share the stories of locals in CAPA cities, CAPA's Director of China Programs Colin Speakman went to interview Stella on her campus. She shares her insights with CAPA World on the challenges of Chinese post-graduates preparing for the world of work and how an international internship was valuable for her career.

Photo: Beijing by Bobo Holmer

CAPA WORLD: Thank you for this interview on this impressive campus. Please tell us where you grew up and did your undergraduate study.
STELLA CHEN: I grew up in a village area, in a family of modest means, in Hunan Province - famous as Chairman Mao's home province. I was admitted to Hunan Normal University (HNU), a ranked university under Project 211, in the Provincial Capital, Changsha, to study Political Education. A "normal" university is one that developed from a teacher training institution and in theory I was studying Chinese Government in order to teach it in a middle school.

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Posted in: Interviews, Beijing, China

Study Abroad: 10 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Beijing

Nov 11, 2014 8:18:38 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

You look out the window in the morning and it's raining. You're studying abroad in Beijing and still want to make the most of the day ahead. Our local staff have a few suggestions:

1. ENJOY THE SUMMER PALACE WITHOUT GETTING WET. Those emperors knew how to live. They did not want to miss a stroll in their palace gardens just because of rain. Visitors can use the (very) Long Corridor of the Summer Palace to enjoy the individual paintings on the beams while gaining protection from the rain. Don’t forget that the dragon boats have a covered roof too, and there is something calming and thrilling about a sail on a boat in the rain.

Photo: The Long Corridor by Colin Speakman

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Posted in: Beijing, China

Thousand Word Thursdays: Hard Candy in Beijing

Sep 25, 2014 10:06:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Each Thursday we will post a photo worth a thousand words from one of CAPA International Education’s global cities and let the image speak for itself.

Photo: Hard candy in Beijing by See-Ming Lee

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Posted in: Beijing, China

Study Abroad in Beijing: 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow

Sep 16, 2014 9:22:27 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Instagram feeds in each of CAPA's global cities around the world offer wonderful insight into what's happening now from a local point of view. In this Tuesday 10 series, we share a few of our favorites in each destination. This week, we take a look at Beijing. You can also follow us: @CAPAStudyAbroad. Feel free to share yours in a comment and let us know who else we should add to our Beijing list!

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Posted in: Beijing, China


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