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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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Bamboo, Characters, and Cakes

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February 5, 2019

It’s known as the chattering of sparrows, the sound the tiles make when you wash them on the table. With a good set, the rectangular tiles are cool and heavy in your hand and stack together with resonant clicks. The sparrows talk to one another for a few minutes until they…


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Merci and Au Revoir to our French Guests

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January 21, 2019

Last November we had the pleasure of welcoming Yunnan Roads and their group of French travel bloggers to the Linden Centre for a few days. They traveled throughout Yunnan, from the Yuanyang terraces in the South, up to Jianshui, and finally to our Xizhou. We loved spending time with…


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Spring Festival 101: Basics to Understanding China’s Biggest Holiday

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February 16, 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog! Woof Woof!

First things first: Chunjie 春节, or Spring Festival, is just another way of saying Chinese New Year. I know that this can be confusing to some, since the name “Spring Festival” is not used to describe the holiday…


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Return of English Corner

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November 27, 2017

This past Saturday saw the return of an old Linden Centre tradition- weekly english classes! Affectionately known as English Corner, the weekly class, held Saturday afternoons at 4:30, is run by our three American team members: May, Michael, and me (Abigail).

Several years ago English Corner was a regular event,…


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Staff Spotlight: Michael Chen

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November 10, 2017

This series is my attempt to introduce readers to the people who make the Linden Centre possible—our incredible staff! The people who help the Linden Centre function on a day-to-day basis are a unique mix of local Bai people, Han Chinese from other parts of Yunnan, Han Chinese from…


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Why China? A Cautionary Tale

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November 10, 2017

In August 2010, when I was fifteen years old, I had a brief, 30-second interaction with a person I barely knew. I was on a Jewish youth group trip, and it was evening. Most people had retreated to their rooms, exhausted after a long day of hiking, but a…

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