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Whitman students in China explore multiculturalism

September 8, 2011

Article written by Ivana Vukovic. This summer I was part of a group of 13 Whitman students who spent six weeks in China,  led by Professor of Anthropology Charles McKhann and Adjunct Instructor of Chinese Wencui Zhao. The main goal of the trip was to give our group the opportunity to study Chinese, ...

Chinese leadership: Harmony at the cost of diversity

Rensi Ke

November 15, 2009

I received this interesting question about my column "Chinese education instills 'professor phobia' in students" which was published on Nov. 5: "If Chinese  students were expected to be subdued and obedient as you said, then I would have to assume  that things like  leadership  are also discourag...

‘Haunted Hospital’ unmasks different cultural personalities

Rensi Ke

November 8, 2009

"You need one more doctor?" "Yes! Would you like to..." "I was supposed to be a surgery patient, but . . . sure!!!" It took me no more than  five seconds to get promoted from a surgery patient to a doctor at Haunted Hospital.  Whoot! I  quickly grabbed a gray gown, a pair of skeleton hand...

Chinese education instills professor phobia

Rensi Ke

November 1, 2009

I have  been considered a "good" student since kindergarten.  I'm active in class, conscientious after class. I  excel in quizzes  and exams; I  stand out in activities and contests. But I  get nervous every time I run into  my teachers and  find it impossible to totally open up in dialogues...

Transitioning from Shantou’s bubble to Whitman’s

Transitioning from Shantou’s bubble to Whitman’s

Rensi Ke

October 29, 2009

Waking up from an eight-hour siesta, glancing at the clock in the dark and  recalling with remorse  how many assignment deadlines I had missed because of    this extended nap: the result of working overnight on a midterm paper: I suddenly got  a sense of Whitman's bubble. My personal Whitma...

Whitman’s list serv, Shantou’s BBS: two ways of living revealed

Whitman’s list serv, Shantou’s BBS: two ways of living revealed

Rensi Ke

October 15, 2009

Having studied at Whitman for more than a month, I initiated a Chinese writing project  entitled "Wei Meng Zhi": Whitman Stories. "Wei Meng" means "Whitman," which also means "strong and robust'; "Zhi"  refers to  stories. One day, I got a message on Shantou University Tulip Bulletin Board System whe...

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