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Changes in our Cafeteria

Changes in our Cafeteria
In the first session of the orientation week in last September, Mr. Zhang Suogeng, deputy director of the cafeteria, informed us that our cafeteria was equipped with first-class sanitary facilities for cleaning utensils, and that the ingredients were guaranteed to be clean and fresh. At first, students and professors liked dining there and praised the dishes. However, as time went by, we grew tired... 

Star Signs and Magic Coins: Seeing into the Future in Modern China

Star Signs and Magic Coins: Seeing into the Future in Modern China
On a busy day in Nanjing, the street corners around Jiming Temple are full of self-employed suanmingshi (算命师fortune tellers). Their “eight-character” charts, held down with bits of metal or rocks to protect against gusts of wind, are ready to show one’s entire destiny for just a few kuai. In wintertime, the suanmingshi huddle over their charts, perched on small stools and wrapped... 

An Incomplete Guide to Nanjing: Paris Baguette

Getting to Know You There is no “right” way to get to know a city. A tourist will often spend time visiting popular attractions, eating at the most well-known restaurants, and walking the most commercial streets. Although this method will give you a glimpse into the area’s history and highlights of a culture’s “特产” (tèchǎn), or special local products, it provides little more than... 

Still Waiting for the Bus

Still Waiting for the Bus
In contrast to dazzling rail projects, China’s urban bus transit remains a neglected area   China is investing billions in flashy new rail networks. Nevertheless the vast majority of China’s urban population still relies on public buses as the main mode for getting around, but they see far fewer of the upgrades in speed and conditions enjoyed by rail passengers. Whereas rich cities like Beijing,... 

走出中心, 服务社会

走出中心, 服务社会
冬日里的暖阳—红山小学志愿活动回顾 农工子弟学校志愿教学项目的启动来自一个“英雄所见略同”式的巧合。在上个学期初,南京的署名非赢利组织爱德基金会来中美中心开展的一次讲座,使两个人同时产生了帮助社区、开展志愿活动的想法。这两人便是Paul Armstrong Taylor教授和一年级的硕士生张晗蕊(Angela... 

Ode to the Alley

Ode to the Alley
Why does it always take depressing situations to make us realize how truly lucky most of us are? Yesterday on April 12, major renovation of a nearby alleyway reached a new level. While renovation of a deteriorating alleyway may not sound like a wholly unwholesome idea and the word alleyway itself doesn’t typically conjure up images of utopian paradise, this is a special case. Alleys in fact have...