2002 China SST retrospective
To conclude our SST China web updates, we're posting a few photos
that we were unable to use earlier in the term.
days after their arrival in Beijing, the group posed in Tiananmen
Square, just outside the forbidden city. The square is known around
the world because of the significant events that have happened there,
including the official pronouncement of the formation of the People's
Republic of China in 1949. The
five Graber Millers posed with ... ummm, is that an additional family
member? ... outside the gates to the Forbidden City. The painting of
Mao is one of only a few publicly displayed in the capital city.
in Chengdu, we settled into the routine of regular cultural lectures,
Mandarin learning, field trips, English teaching, and special tutoring.
Here Matt led the group in one of the taijiquan moves.
the national holidays in early October, all of the students had
the opportunity to travel somewhere in Sichuan Province. Sasha and Ruth
spent the holidays with their friend Tang Ting, shown here at the Four
Girls Mountain. Also, Sasha dressed
in Tibetan winter garb for a photo shoot. Kent
rode a horse in the picturesque moutains outside Kanding.
spent a good part of a November day playing mahjong, and observing mahjong,
at a teahouse outside Chengdu. Students spent many hours in teahouses
throughout the term -- playing mahjong, writing in journals, relaxing,
and conversing about their experiences. One of the favorite haunts was
the bamboo-studded, multi-tiered, open-air teahouse a 15-minute walk
from the back gate.
waiban officer Mr. Yang's request, Ben posed with his sandwich board
advertising the Halloween party SSTers threw for their friends
October 31. Ben learned late in the term that most people on campus
were calling him a Chinese name that translates roughly as "Barefoot
Immortal." Not bad. The Halloween party was one of the highlights of
the term since it gave SSTers an opportunity to give something back
to their new friends.
most photos on the website this fall were taken by Keith, Ben and Sasha
also contributed a number of excellent shots from their digital cameras.
Joel Fath, who visited from Hong Kong the weekend that we visited the
Great Buddha at Leshan, also took several of the images that appeared
that week, including the one below of Liz and Sophie.
SST in China has been a tremendous experience for the SST group and the Graber Millers, with much transformation, cultural understanding, relationship building, and language learning. Now we're looking forward to returning home with our photos and stories. Thanks for participating in this journey through your prayers, support, and encouragement along the way.