The Globalization of Chinese New Year

Feb 15, 2019 11:16:00 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

This post appears as China approaches the end of its Spring Festival; CAPA students arrive in Shanghai and, at universities all over the country, local students are making their way back to campus—after the long break between the Fall semester ending mid-January and the Spring semester starting at least a month later. Students are one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Spring Festival period which includes a week of Chinese New Year National Holidays but is much longer than that. Officially the Spring Festival ends with the Lantern Festival 15 days after Lunar New year, which would fall on February 20 this year. It is good timing as most locals are back on the week of February 18 so crowds can visit the special Lantern Festival displays in Chinese cities. CAPA Shanghai students are taken to one.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, International Education

The Past, Present, and Future: Why I am Studying Abroad in Shanghai

Feb 9, 2019 10:15:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

The day she has been waiting for is finally here! In her first post, Imani shares her excitement and anticipation about heading to Shanghai for a semester abroad. This experience has been years in the making! From transforming into a Chinese culture aficionado and learning Mandarin for the past four years, Imani reveals why she can't wait to immerse herself in this global city and her academics abroad. 

I always knew that I was going to go to China. I just didn’t think it would happen like this. I never thought that I would ever study abroad. I find that when people think of travel, they think of vacation or traveling for work. We all know that studying abroad is a possibility, but college students might not be able to because of timing and/or money. Miraculously, Hood College and CAPA made studying abroad more affordable and I decided to take a chance because chances like these are hard to come across for most students. If they weren’t, everyone would do it.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Why Study Abroad

Connecting Global Cities: Looking Up in Global Cities

Feb 5, 2019 9:44:01 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, International Education

My Top 5 Moments from My Semester in Shanghai

Jan 29, 2019 11:45:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

In his final vlog, Dan tells us about his top 5 favorite moments he had while studying abroad in Shanghai. From city tours to walking by dog parks, Dan shares why these moments made an impact on him and how he got to have a real experience with the people and culture of China.

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What's In My Bag? Inside the Backpack of a Student in Shanghai

Jan 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's vlog, Dan shows us what he kept in his backpack for daily use while he was studying abroad in Shanghai! 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, International Education

On The 40th Anniversary of China’s ‘Reform and Opening Up’

Jan 11, 2019 9:26:00 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

For China watchers, 1978 was a pivotal year—after nearly three decades of a planned economy under Chairman Mao, the famous leader’s passing, in 1976, was a prelude to China’s “Reform and Opening-up” led by Deng Xiaoping after he became the new leader in 1978. Thus 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of that reform, marked in part by the launch in Shanghai of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in November.

However, December 18, 2018 marked the precise date that “Reform and Opening-up” was launched and the Shanghai authorities marked this by a short exhibition of “China stuff” from 40 years ago onwards—held in a specially erected steel tent near Zhongshan Park, one metro station from CAPA’s Shanghai campus. Starting just before the weekend to facilitate attendance, it ended on Tuesday, December 18 to commemorate the special day. I was privileged to get a ticket to attend and I did not see any other foreigners while there. I will discuss some of the exhibition highlights below, but first a bit more background.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, International Education

On Returning West - Reflections from a Semester Abroad in Shanghai

Jan 7, 2019 1:58:16 PM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel Epp returns home to Nebraska from her semester abroad in Shanghai and reflects on her experience in Shanghai as well as the realities of culture shock upon returning to the US (including but not limited to the Bubble tea or lack thereof in Nebraska). 


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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Why Study Abroad

Meet Khadijah (Imani) Wilson: Official CAPA Shanghai Blogger Spring 2019

Jan 4, 2019 4:34:00 PM / by Imani Wilson

Meet Khadijah Wilson, a.k.a. Imani Wilson, an official CAPA Blogger in Shanghai for Spring 2019:

University: Hood College
Major: Mathematics 
Study abroad location: Shanghai, China
Internship or volunteer placement: N/A

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Posted in: Shanghai, China

Answering Questions About my Semester in China

Dec 31, 2018 9:35:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel Epp answers 5 questions from a CAPA program assistant about her time in Shanghai, China, what her favorite memories were, what she learned, and how she changed. 


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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Tips for Packing and Re-packing a Semester Abroad

Dec 18, 2018 10:04:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel Epp chats with us as she packs up her room in Shanghai and prepares to come home. She covers her different packing strategies she had before she left for her semester that are now paying off at the end, so make sure to watch!


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