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Aren’t We Lovely

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February 14, 2019

 

You can’t help it, it’s deep and it’s bleeding, and it’s all we need; it’s love. Living in Xizhou, PiA fellows May and Vero see the navigations and mechanisms of Chinese love everywhere we go. In honor of this Valentine’s Day, we decided to venture into the lives and…


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Daily Life Travel

To a New York Christmas, with love

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December 24, 2018

By pure coincidence, both May and I, the two Princeton in Asia fellows here at the Linden Centre, hail from beautiful New York. I don’t want to wax poetic about a topic that has been immortalized in both the screen and the page, but there’s really something about Christmas…


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Daily Life History Sustainability

The Passing of Time in Rice Terms

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October 26, 2018

The Linden Centre is cradled in a golden sea of Oryza sativa. 150 days ago, seedling by seedling, this rice was planted at the start of our rainy season and now proudly prevails throughout the Dali valley. The passing of time, so evident to all of us while watching a…


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Coffee on the Border

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August 27, 2018

“Coffee is a great power in my life; I have observed its effects on an epic scale. Coffee roasts your insides.” — Balzac

Coffee estate in Menglian

“Menglian is China’s border, and going to such a remote region, I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise, I found…


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Daily Life Travel U.S.-China Relations

Brian Linden: Surprising Optimism After U.S. Visit and Need for a More Balanced Understanding of China 

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June 13, 2018

With the eyes of an outsider, I returned to the US last month to participate in my son’s graduation from the University of Wisconsin.  For nearly three years, I had been away from the US, interacting with my home via Skype calls and online media.  I was preparing for…


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Daily Life Humans of Xizhou Spring Festival

Canines of Xizhou: Dog Year Woof Woof

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March 6, 2018

“狗年旺旺”
Gou Nian Wang Wang
Dog Year Woof Woof
In honor of this new year, allow me to introduce you to some of Xizhou’s finest canines:

When I was just a small fluffy puppy.

I fit into a pillowcase. This is my old home, Yang Zhuo Ran.

Now I’m all grown up.

Here’s me at home,…


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Daily Life Humans of Xizhou Taste of Dali

Humans of Xizhou: Li Junli 李军利, female entrepreneur

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March 5, 2018

Li Junli in front of her restaurant with her husband photobombing in the back!
“We grew up poor in Shacun, the village next to Xizhou. My parents were fishermen and they were out most of the day so I learned to cook for my siblings when I was really young,…


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Daily Life Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: A Ling 杨泰玲

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February 12, 2018

Brian greeting A Ling and her super sweet and intelligent daughter, Yang Lu
A Ling, affectionately known by everyone as Sister A Ling, is the manager of our bar and known as being both welcoming and very capable. She greets people with a hospitable grin that reveals a hint of…


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Art Daily Life Events

Film Workshop Part II: Filming on Location

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February 10, 2018

After scouting locations and identifying interview subjects, the students head out to do some quality filming!
 

On the first day of the workshop, the students were introduced to art of the documentary film, and spent the second half of the day scouting locations and talking to locals. The students then…


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Now Showing: 2018 Dali Youth Film Workshop

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February 8, 2018

The Linden Centre and Planet Why are proud to present: the first annual Dali Youth Film Workshop!

On February 6, twelve high school students coming from as far as Guangzhou and as close as Xizhou’s own Wu Tai high school assembled at Yang Zhuo Ran, the Linden Centre’s educational program…

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