Maria Holland

Surprising News From China …

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2009 at 5:07 am

When I got home from class today, there was an email waiting for me from Liqing Wei, the Chinese consul.  I officially have the scholarship and I’ve been accepted . . . at Xiamen University.  It was my 3rd choice school.  Since I sent in the application, I had considered the possibility of not going, but not the possibility of going, but not to Sichuan University.  Anyway, my first reaction was to try and remember everything I’d heard about Xiamen: 1) it’s beautiful, 2) it’s a tropical island.  That’s about it.  A little looking online revealed that it is not one of the Three (or Seven) Furnaces as I had feared, and apparently it is relatively well-off because they have a lot of foreign investment.  It’s also right across the strait from Taiwan – interesting.  The school has about 18,000 people and the city has 2.5 million.  My biggest fear is that they’ll eat a lot of seafood.

It was crazy to even think about.  I still can’t figure out what has changed and what is still the same.

~ Maria

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