-Wadeisor Rukato “If anyone asks you where you are going, tell them Xining. If you mention Tibet, it might cause unnecessary questioning and we don’t want that”. As we prepared to board our 6am flight from Beijing Capital International Airport at the start of our trip to Tibet, we all heeded this advice carefully. While making our way through security, I suppressed my anxiety about potentially being too excited, mentioning Tibet, and being the person who would be kept behind while everyone dashed to the boarding gate to catch our flight. It was difficult to not be completely thrilled by … Continue reading Views from the ‘rooftop of the world’
– Thuthukile Mbanjwa & Nothando Khumalo The Road to Tibet The road to Tibet is a steep one… One may consider taking the Qinghai-Tibet railway train or a flight. However, according to Youwangdu (2012) taking the 40 hour … Continue reading Traveling to Tibet: how we did it!
– Nothando Khumalo “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”, Marcus Garvey. On the 21st of April, the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing hosted its … Continue reading UIBE (Beijing) Cultural Festival
-Wadeisor Rukato Standing at the side of the road, I watch as cars, bicycles and buses transport the people of Beijing to wherever it is they are going. My particular interest is in the yellow and blue, sometimes yellow and … Continue reading Conversations with ‘Shifu’
– Thuthukile Mbanjwa While Africa, including South Africa, has certainly had an increasing number of Chinese visitors, the vast majority has never traveled to South Africa nor have they ever thought of planning a trip to the greater parts of Africa. In this post we spoke to Dawei Huang a Chinese national currently a student at the Yenching Academy of Peking University who visited South Africa for 6 days in 2014. He is also one of the most down to earth, easy-going, musically talented friends I have 🙂 The main objectives of this piece was simply continuing on the quest to … Continue reading SA through the Lense of an Open-Minded Asian Visitor
-Nothando Khumalo “How did you learn to speak English?”; “Oh you’re from Johannesburg – do you know my friend Peter in Nairobi?”; “Do you speak African?”; “Is this your first time being a city?”“. These are a few of the … Continue reading Eradicating Misconceptions about Africa
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– Nothando Khumalo TERRACOTTA ARMY By Dawei Huang The historical site of the Terracotta Army is one of the greatest cultural treasures of Xi’an, and more importantly, of Chinese history. The Terracotta Warriors’ army was unearthed in 1974, Xi’an, when a farmer named Yang Zhifa dug into his farmland to create wells. These pieces of clay statues, buried deep in the ground, revealed one of the greatest archeological discoveries ever to be found. Terracotta Army (source: Naoya Matsumoto) This astounding archeological discovery included “clay statues reaching up to 2.0 meters tall, weighing in at roughly 270kg each, and in the form … Continue reading Xi’an Visit Pt. 3: Terracotta Army and City Wall
-Sihle Isipho Nontshokweni Inaugural China Young Leaders Program From the 11th-18th of October 2015, 52 South African youth via the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) visited China to participate in the inaugural China Young Leaders Program. The Program’s mission is … Continue reading What S.A’s youth wants from S.A-China relations
– Sihle Isipho Nontshokweni A Conversation with Curwyn Mapaling. Videography by Sharon Tshipa This is a 2.55 minute video, where Sihle asks Curwyn the following questions: 1. Can you tell us more about yourself? 2. How does the work that you do link with your application to the Yenching Global Symposium and China in general? 3. What are your thoughts on the Africa-China relationship? 4. What can China learn from the continent of Africa and vice versa? Continue reading African Excellence Series: YGS