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

Dec 13, 2018 10:37:00 AM / 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

Scenes of Hangzhou - One of China's Two Paradises

Dec 13, 2018 10:28:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's vlog, Daniel explores the beautiful lakes and temples of Hangzhou, China. From experiencing the beautiful sculptures and serenity of the Lingyin temple to wandering the islands and bridges of the West Lake, follow along on his mystical adventure!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture, Must Do

An Interview with My Ganzo! Family

Dec 12, 2018 7:00:14 PM / by Payton Meyer

What better way to learn about Florence than by turning to the locals? In this week's post, Payton interviews Giacomo, Sabrina, and Bianca from her Ganzo! family in Florence and gets their perspective on Florentine culture, food, things to do in the city, and cultural insights.

At this point in the semester, I feel like I’ve gotten to know my Ganzo! family pretty well, and, since they speak such good English, I thought I’d ask them a few questions for my blog this week and get some perspective on things from the locals here. To jog your memory: Giacomo and Sabrina, the parents, are both journalists, and Bianca is their 16-year-old daughter. Gregorio, the 13-year old son, decided to sit this one out. Here are some of the things we discussed during my last visit, over a huge pan of tiramisu that Sabrina made (she may have caught on that it’s my favorite!)

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture, Cultural Differences, Cultural Immersion

Discovering the True Florentine Lifestyle by Getting Lost in My City

Dec 12, 2018 5:14:55 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor explains the alluring charm of being a flâneur and exploring your own city. He also suggests how to learn more about your environment while studying abroad and shares how he discovered the local Florentine lifestyle.

The word flâneur refers to someone who saunters around observing society. It means to stroll, to lounge, or to loaf. A flâneur is someone who has no place that they need go, so they simply walk around observing their surroundings. This semester I have often felt that I need to go to certain places or that I have to see specific sites. I have not taken much time to simply wander through Florence and observe the culture and the landscape. I decided on Sunday that I need to get lost within Florence to help learn more about the city.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Must Do, Local Culture

Finding Christmas in London

Dec 11, 2018 7:22:45 PM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve gets into the holiday spirit and shows us London's yuletide joy and Christmas trees! Check out what it's like in the city during this season, how the markets are decked out, and why having a community in London makes this all so much special.

As winter closes around London, the sun seems to disappear for days at a time. The buildings are cloaked in clouds and fog, and a light misting rain constantly settles on my cheeks and eyelashes. Sunset officially begins before I leave my internship or class for the day. These last weeks, I have found myself walking down the streets in the dark more than in the daylight. All of these things, from the rain to the short days are characteristic of the winter season. It’s actually one of the reasons that I chose to study abroad in the fall and not the spring. I love the beginning of winter and all that the changing season means. Since it's officially December, I can be frank: it’s Christmas season!

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture, Holidays Abroad

Exploring the Andalusia Region of Spain

Dec 10, 2018 6:02:00 PM / by Amaia Rioseco

In this week's vlog, Amaia and her flatmate Sophia take us on their trip to the Andalusia region of Spain to experience the nuances of different regional cultures, scenery, and architecture of Granada and Córdoba, Spain.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Travel, Must Do, Local Culture

Thanksgiving in Shanghai + Lessons on Daoism and Confucianism

Dec 6, 2018 10:42:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's vlog, Daniel shares highlights from his Thanksgiving holiday spent with CAPA in Shanghai and then takes us along for tours of a Daoist and a Confucian temples, sharing information about each ancient Chinese philosophy.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture, International Education

Things to Do on a Day Trip to Brighton

Nov 28, 2018 10:19:00 AM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen gives us a tour of the charming city of Brighton, England. After an hour and half on the train, Ellen shares her recommendations for what to see and where to go in this beach town during the off-season!

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Posted in: London, England, Must Do, Local Culture

Top 10 Things to Do in London That You Won't Regret

Nov 21, 2018 10:52:00 AM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen shares her top 10 list of what to do during a semester in London, from her recommendations for what neighborhoods to check out to her tips on how make the most of your time abroad. 

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Posted in: London, England, Must Do, Local Culture

Top 7 Cultural Celebrations in Spain

Nov 21, 2018 10:42:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

When you study abroad in Barcelona, there are a few cultural celebrations throughout the country that are worth looking into attending while you're in Spain!

Here are seven local celebrations for your list.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture, Cultural Insights, Holidays Abroad


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