Pizza, propaganda, and ducks in China
Continuing our series of interviews with students in OTHER COUNTRIES this summer, GS student Tao Yang participated in the first ever Global Scholars Program Research Workshop. Tao and 10 other students have traveled in Beijing, Shanghai, and finally Mumbai for 6 weeks studying urbanization and environmental issues (as well as enjoying their fair share of the local *ahem* culture). An international student from China, the India portion of the trip has proved for Tao a challenging, uncomfortable at times, and wonderfully eye-opening contrast from the much more familiar first portion. We caught up with him while he was overseas, and he took some time to answer our questions.
1. Where are you right now and what are you doing there?
I am in a place where chaos co-exists with order peacefully, and hope grows in desperation. I was trying to make my summer have some perspective, but now I am overwhelmed with the things I’ve seen and desperate for enlightenment.
2. What is the craziest thing that’s happened during your time there?
I fell into a deep hole in a river during a hike to a rural village outside Mumbai. I thought it went all the way to South America.
3. What do you miss most about being home?
I miss my grandparents.
4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned during your time there?
It is very important to have an open, ready mind.
5. What’s most different about home and where you are now?
The trains don’t have doors.
6. Any last words?
I wish I could stay longer.
All photos courtesy of Grace Bickers unless noted.
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