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Becoming Semi-Scholar on China? May be!

Popularity 11Viewed 3515 times 2015-3-19 15:26 |Personal category:Experience|System category:News| journey, China, about, learn

Should I call myself a semi-scholar of China? May be yes, or may be No. The journey of knowing about China has begun few years ago and it is still going and there is lot to learn about this vast land. Just thought of sharing you my way of learning China, its culture and how my interaction with Chinese people paved way for better understanding. 

2 days ago, I have submitted my last discussion for the online course 'China X'. With this  I have ended a long journey started in October 2013 to know more about China. This course offered by Harvard University presented Chinese history in very interesting manner.  Although, as highlighted in the trailer video itself, this course presented China from the western perspective, that did not stop it in feeding people like me who are hungry to know more about China. 
This was the longest course I have ever taken (around 14 months), and described China from ancient medieval era to unification of China and economic growth in past three decades. We all course participants discussed, debated and even provided many new information to each other during this course.  It was interesting to know  rise and fall of empire and spiritual enlightenment of Chinese society. Apart form this, I have also taken courses from other Chinese university to understand more about history, society and economic environment of the rising superpower of 21st century. 

More than that, I have also started reading The China Daily, Listening The China Radio time to time. But the greatest positive outcome was my interaction with many Chinese people, knowing the reality of China from their perspective. It was interesting to know that China is changing much more faster for good than one can anticipate  :) Discussing with people gave a proper perspective which was not present in newspapers at my place (majority of them present China in very negative ways). 

So I may call myself a semi-scholar on China? May be not! There is lot to learn and you guys at this blog forum are much more knowledgeable than me and hope to learn a lot more from you here in future. 


 


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Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2015-3-19 21:13
A semi can mean a two part truck, also known as an articulated vehicle.

So you can be An Articulated Scholar of China!  
Reply Report enlighting 2015-3-20 01:30
Hmm :)
Reply Report voice_cd 2015-3-20 09:22
Thanks for sharing your opinion here. We have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report Dr.Bill.Shen 2015-3-20 16:27
Thirty-six years ago, China was very much like north korea. China has made progress. Hope people are trying to understand china from a historical perspective. Some of things are not developing as fast as its economics. A soceity with a long history tend to carry a lot of additional baggages with it as well. The imbalance is obvious, and somehow many foreigners are focusing on the negatives instead of positives.
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2015-3-20 17:50
Dr.Bill.Shen: Thirty-six years ago, China was very much like north korea. China has made progress. Hope people are trying to understand china from a historical pers ...
To understand where one is, one has to know from where one came!
Reply Report 财神 2015-3-20 18:31
so you have already crossed league round, pre-quarter, quarter final and now in semifinal...don't worry, finally you will lift the Title
Reply Report SEARU 2015-3-20 18:53
Welcome to China! My major was physics in college and now I am teacher who can feel the high density of your article!------The writing-style is admirable!
Reply Report enlighting 2015-3-21 00:34
Dr.Bill.Shen: Thirty-six years ago, China was very much like north korea. China has made progress. Hope people are trying to understand china from a historical pers ...
Well, I think it is better to read things from open mind. Not just reading, I have also communicated with many people in China :) reducing lot of doubts I might have. There is no denial that prejudice, negative thinking are prevalent in today's world but after all we all are human. If we can just try to understand the other human being behind culture, language, religion and nationality then it will solve all the confusion among us.
Reply Report enlighting 2015-3-21 00:56
财神: so you have already crossed league round, pre-quarter, quarter final and now in semifinal...don't worry, finally you will lift the Title
Not yet! Lot of things to learn :) I believe,  you are mentioning Cricket World Cup?
Reply Report enlighting 2015-3-21 01:46
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your opinion here. We have highlighted your blog.
Thank you!
Reply Report teamkrejados 2015-3-21 09:05
Studying the language is one particularly good way to understand the culture my friend. As China evolves you see new words emerging, like: 电脑 - electric brain (computer), 手机 - hand machine (mobile phone), etc. to get a feel of how the language represents the society: logical, rational, functional, adaptable.
The more I learn this way, the more I see the logic of Chinese society. Beautiful!
Reply Report enlighting 2015-3-21 13:20
teamkrejados: Studying the language is one particularly good way to understand the culture my friend. As China evolves you see new words emerging, like: 电脑 - elec ...
Absolutely right! The only problem, I faced is finding the right material to study Chinese. I do not want to study it through English, rather from my mother tongue Hindi. I have recently found some material at The China Radio and I hope to start my study soon :)
When did you start your Chinese learning?
Reply Report enlighting 2015-3-22 21:54
SEARU: Welcome to China! My major was physics in college and now I am teacher who can feel the high density of your article!------The writing-style is admira ...
Thanks! I think there is lot more to know about China :) And I am trying my best to do it.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2015-3-24 01:22
it is interesting that China choses to ignore many of the less pleasant aspects of the last 60 years as if they never happened.
Many non-Chinese countries choose to face and acknowledge their painful past in order to learn from the mistakes.
China is not only the '5000 years of history', but the painful times when this history was despised and all but destroyed by internal forces.
Yes, there are the many dynasties, the isolation from the rest of the world, but also the painful internal strife that has defined the country. to ignore these things is to deny a part of who they are today.
Reply Report enlighting 2015-3-24 13:51
BlondeAmber: it is interesting that China choses to ignore many of the less pleasant aspects of the last 60 years as if they never happened.
Many non-Chinese count ...
Interesting, that you have said this.

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