C h i n a.
Just the word grabs the attention of most people today. We think of dragons, tea, the Great Wall, the Summer Olympic Games, and the mysteries of the Orient.
The amount of social, economic, and even political change in Asia, particularly in the People's Republic of China , has been staggering in the past two decades. Perhaps the leading location in the world for this century is China . With the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai and the international summer Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, the world's attention has turned toward Asia and to China.
With this Web site, we show you a brief look at how journalism and mass communication students at the University of Miami are learning about modern China and Asia .
We have our sixth consecutive student trip and summer study-abroad course in China in May and June 2011. We visit Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Beijing from May 18 to June 8, 2011.
In 2010 and the previous four years, we traveled to the major cities of China. We have studied Chinese journalism and mass communication, modern Chinese and Thai culture and urban life, and Chinese history. Our students have visited Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Bangkok, and other places of note. We also visited Thailand in 2009 and 2008.
You are invited to learn about China with us. This Web site presents newspaper- and magazine-style feature articles, accompanying photographs, multimedia such as audio slide shows and video clips, and blog entries about life in China today. Just click on one of the years listed at the upper right. We look at the arts, at culture, lifestyles, food and drink, traditions and customs, historic sites, and much more. We invite your comments as well. All you need to do is select a year at top left, click, and you will begin your travels with us to the Orient . . .