Friday, August 7, 2009
It's been great getting e-mail from all of you since I was forced to leave on that sad day in Princeton. I've been teaching the new class here--it's going well-- and I bought a house. I move into the new house in late September, so that's an exciting new development. Also exciting and new is that Alyssa Francis will be moving here at the end of the month. I think that driving the van for you all was practice for me to drive a moving van for her. I am very lucky to have her to help me with the house--she has excellent taste. The last exciting development is that she and I will go to Spain for a little vacation between her moving here and the new house. Things will be very busy.
Big Mike left for Minnesota yesterday and he'll be in Australia by next Tuesday. We had dinner over at Mrs. Eckhart's house the night before he left--you all met her at the Rock-n-Roll lunch. She made us spicy Chinese cabbage and it made us think of you. We talked for a while about how much fun your visit had been and all the things we learned from our time with you. I think it's safe to say on Mike's behalf, and my own, that we're very grateful to know you all.
I look forward to reading about your further adventures in and out of China. I've noticed that the weather in Wuhan hasn't been very hot--the cool Ohio summer followed you home. Take care and keep in touch.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I can hardly believe that I gonna say goodbye to this magic land of American ,to all the lovely people I've met .It's kind of complex feelings...I remeber all the
beautiful days we have.All the joy and fun just seem to be happened in yesterday, while I still feel we have already spent two months together. 24hours and 7days, this July is full of remarkable day and nights. The time we have to say goodbye is
getting closer by every seconds and I am staying up to write down these emotions .I wish we won't have to face that sadly moment when everybody start to sing a song of memory.
Monday, July 27, 2009
It is really hard to say goodbye to all these happy experiences.I wish I have superpower that can freeze the time,then we would never need to say good bye to each other!I am reaaly looking forward to see you again next summer Mike,Pete,Rick,Hans.Once again,I love you guys and will always miss you people!
But it is also hard to hate a city like New York City. Watching a Broadway show is amazing, seeing the great night scenes is fantastic. New York is such a prosperous city that you can see almost every modern thing happen in this city. I can easily imagine the excitement when the immigrants see the Statue of Liberty. It’s a country of fairness and justice.
P.S. Good luck to all of you who are studying for the TOEFL, TOEIC, or GRE. I'm rooting for you!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Yesterday we had a busy but wonderful day in Washington D.C .We went to a lot of famous places. I 'm very excited .In the morning ,our group went to the American history museum ,I think it's pretty interesting ,especially the First Ladies Room. It shows the beautiful clothes of all the american first ladies. Some of them are very funny ,and some of them are very elegant.Some of the first ladies are very generous ,they selled their dresses to make money for the poverty.Our leader is Pete,he is very knowledgeable and he explained a lot to us ,that's great !
Another place impressed me a lot is the Vietnam War Monument . I think it’s very meaningful ,it writes all the names that sacrificed in the Vietnam war,it goes down and down until you can only see the monument , all in you eyes are the names on the wall , I felt deeply sad during the visit, many people are here searching for their family members ,and some copy the name of their relatives .The war is so cruel, no matter who wins ,a lot of people will lose their life and a lot of families will be separated.There are also some letters put there ,some are from children ,they wrote to their grandpa ,wrote to the war ,it’s heartbroken when I saw them . The war has ended for many years ,but the sorrow it left to thousands of families maybe there after generation and generation. So let’s pray for the soldiers and wish for the peace !
I really learned a lot today ! And I think that I have more knowlegeable about American history!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Yesterday we leave for Washington D.C, Mike, Pete, Rick, Ming, and Hans go together with us, but unfortunately, Susie stays in Columbus. What a pity! Charming lovely smile, warm friendly heart, young energetic attitude, yes, that is Susie, who is surely one of the most respected and favored teachers in our Wuhan-Ohio summer program. I cannot forget Susie’s patience of making reservations for each of us, in order to give us the chance to take our major lessons or chatting with professors in our interested fields. Even in the heavy rain weather, she brought us to the certain departments and introduced us to the professors one by one with his symbolic smile on her face always. I also cannot forget the moment she with tears down her face in the farewell party, sentimental and kindness like our grandmother, all of us will miss you!
I have heard that Susie would probably go to Wuhan next summer; it is highly possible that I would be in Wuhan at that time. If the case is true，if I can be the host to guide Susie around, it would be more than pleased.
We arrived in Washington D.C yesterday . It was not easy to leave Columbas . I really loved that city and the campus . One of my deepest regrets is that I didn't get a chance to take photos of all those beautiful buildings on campus . Everyday I thought we still had lots of time . However , time flies .....
I was planning to say something about the church visit a few days ago . I don't believe in religions . However , that was not the first time I entered a church . When I was in Wuhan , one day after my Toefl class,my friend and I went into a church nearby out of curiosity . Nevertheless, that was not a happy experience ...Maybe that was because the religion was not rooted in China . It lacked the cultural atmosphere , or whatever . We ended up "ran out of the church .." . The trip to the church in the neighbourhood the other day in OSU was totally different . My first impression was " HOLY" . Anyway , it should be my first official church experience . I couldn't help being respectful . I liked it when those children sang and danced on the stage . I liked it when people stood up and sang the hymn . I liked it when after the service , people came by and said hello to us , and showed their welcomes . I liked it when I talked to some native people and asked questions about the church , they were eager to give me answers . All of these made the trip more sacred and unforgetful .
In my opinion , religion is all about faith and it is always connected to charity . In one word , something wonderful . I don't blame my church trip in China , during which I didn't feel very good . As I said , it is a matter of cultural background . I'm happy I was able to have such an experience here
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We got on the bus, had nice dreams, opened our eyes, everything became different.
Though because of the lightening, we didn’t have chance to go up to the Washington Monument. I did find some scene probably hard for most of the people visiting here can’t.
As Rick told us, it is forbidden to build any architecture higher than the Washington Monument. So the skyline was really low, especially in this cloudy day, I felt orange cloud was just above my head, and lightening is beside me. Even I was grow up in coastal city and thunder lighting in summer is as usual as sunshine, I still felt afraid!! It’s so near, like I was in the sky!
Monument was partially wet by rain drops. Rain felt down from the top infiltrate in the stone, showing us another aspect, like a shining star in the dark. Feeling of respect suddenly came up to my mind.
This is our first day in Washington D.C. ^^We are happy touring, with missing other teachers: Susie,Carol,Charles...thank you for giving us such a nice stay in Columbus.
It has been two weeks since we arrived in Ohio.We went to the zoo here,had classes here,went shopping here.We have had so much fun here...
This morning,when we have to say goodbye to this place,say goodbye to Minru Li and say goodbye to Jennifer,my feeling was hard to say.I am a girl who rarely shed tears.And this time,I didn't cry.It's not because I have no feeling,but that I want you to see my smile every day.We played,laughed and had fun here.Even if we are to leave here,our happiness must continue.
Today,on the bus to Washington,I could still remember the day we went to the zoo.I could still remember the day we went to see Ice Age 3 with Michael and Carol.I could still remember the day we went rock climbing.I could still remember we played baseball with Pete,Hans and other group members and enjoyed ourselves so much......
Although we have left Ohio and so many kind people in OSU,our memories in Ohio will last forever,never washed away by time.
Here,in Washington,and the following Philadelphia,New York,our journey will carry on.I really hope all of us will enjoy the rest of our trip and have a wonderful memory in the USA!
Yesterday the weather was horrible ,so is today,it was rainy all day long.I took this as a sign that even god doesn't want us to leave OSU.Sitting on the bus today,I didn't feel as excited as I pictured before.Part of me is missing,felt like it was left in OSU,the place that I love and will always remember.Two weeks were too short,at least to me.I'm not ready to leave yet.
Even though we only had a short visit to DC,it is a unique and morden city,but i still love Columbus more,it always gave me a peaceful feeling.I sincerely hope that one day I can manage to come back again and hear Mike sing his song again(By the way,Mike ,you rock~!Big fan of your music).Until then the end of this trip is not a farewell for me yet.It is more like a biginning.
When my group of American teachers left Wuhan after teaching the summer of 2007, we sang (or let me say, we tried, as I didn't know the Chinese), "ming yue ji shi you..." (I don't even know the title, but these were the first words of the song and I believe it was about no matter where we are in the world, we can look up in the sky and share the same moon.... !) And I'd like to add, the same stars...and each one of you is one of those intensely brilliant Stars. ********************************************
Peace and Love,
Carol and Michael
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I was really excited when I heart that The Ohio University had a huge gymnasium with a large swimming pool in it. Even though I was not very good at swimming ,I still felt curious about it. So I went to swim on Tuesday afternoon with my friends. It was really amazing! I had never seen such a beautiful swimming pool before .It was not only had completed equipment but also clean and tidy. We enjoyed ourselves until dinner time. That was really an unforgettable experience for me .
Baseball was the “National Pastime” of the United States much like ping pong is the national game of China . Playing baseball or watching baseball games were excellent way to teach citizens about the values of American culture. Peter led us to play baseball on the oval three times. I began to understand why American people were so interested in this game. Baseball needed hard work, persistence, individual, teamwork, patience, and the most important was that everyone in this game had an equal chance. I never played baseball before but now I began to love it. The rule of this game was easy to understand but if you wanted to be a nice player, you should be skillful. In order to let us know more about the United State’s culture, we got a chance to watch a real baseball game at yesterday night. I felt lucky and enjoyable especially when I got the cheap and delicious hot dog. I was sure that we would play baseball together again after we went back to China.
Beside the gymnasium , there were some tennis courts where I played tennis with my friends last night. I have seen the cartoon “Tennis Prince ” before but I nearly know little about tennis. I played this just for fun .I’d like to say sorry to Eddy and Brilliant because they had to pick up the balls which I beat far way from our court. Maybe I made them feel tired and had less time to enjoy themselves. But I really felt wonderful not only because I had a strong interest in tennis but also because we could play together and talk about our lives together.
I did love sports. Since I entered the college, I spent too much time on my computer and television. In future, I’d like to devote much time into sports. Maybe the most important reason was that doing sports could keep fit and keep weight.
Today, in the evening, we went to have our farewell party. It is the last day for us to stay here. The life during these two weeks must bring me a fantastic memory in my life. All the American people, including teachers, students, and officers here are nice and patient. They are glad to listen to us and try to speak clearly to make themselves understood easily. So, I’ve learned a lot from them and enjoyed the life here very much. Fortunately, Mike, Pete, Hans and some other teachers may go with us tomorrow. However, we must say goodbye to susy and carol who are always getting along with us these day. Surely, I will keep in touch with them by email and hope to see them again if it is possible
There is an old Chinese saying: there doesn't exist a banquet without ending. Yep, this is true. But even we leave, we are once here and we have much unforgettable experience in mind which is the most important part of this programm here. I totally agree what Mr Li said in the farewell party. East and West meet together and what we did promote the relationship and friendship between China and US, between Ohio and Hubei, between OSU and WHU. What we did means sth magnificient.
At last, I want to appritiate all the teachers and staff involved in this programm. Without your effort, we could not have such a successful programm. Thank you, Mike, Pete, Rick, Hans, Suzzi, Carol, Ms Fang, Ms Chen, Ms Zhang.......
I think without depart we don't even value the times together, we'll not even love MIKE, PETE,SUSIE....so much, can not feel the happiness we see them next summer in Wuhan again. 14days make me love a group of people, make me love an university, make me love a city, make me love a country. Before we say good-bye, we gonna to thank the chance we have to stand together in a strange country to expirience the same thing.
I'll never far away, I'll never fade and I'll never forget..
From learning and playing baseball these days, I think that baseball game is one kind sport that not only including skills but also teamwork. It can have a capacity of all kinds of people which means that everyone can find a suitable position to his or her .
Then I have to say that team work is so vital that no one can ignore it. When the batter hit the ball, the defense should pick up the ball and throw to the base the batter is trying to reach before the batter gets here. This need the coorperation between the fielders and basemen. And as the rule, each run has four of this section, so the teamwork is significant.
Pete has discussed the difference between the national game in America and China .I think that the reason is based on the different culture ,tradition ,education as well as environment . But I really like this sport and hope that when we back home we can play it together.
The last but not the least, tonight, we attended a farewell party and we got our certificate. But I confess that I am easily to be moved to tears, especially farewell. There's no feast which could go on and on.We have to say goodbye to our teachers and they are our dear friends forever. I will keep smiling to you~
Peter is our teacher, he taught us a lot of things about it, such as it’s history, some baseball star and how to play it. We have played baseball three times with Peter and Hans. We thought they are good at it. Actually, We are wrong. Haha. But it is really very interest. I have been fascinated by it. I start to love it. I will play it when I am back to China.
Two days age, we all went to see a baseball game in a baseball field. It is too cool. I’ve never seen such a big game. To my surprise, the hot dog only charged for ten cents. Probably we bought more than one hundred hot dogs. Before we left, I bought two balls as a souvenir. It is an unforgetable memory for me.
Thank Peter. I love baseball.
before i came here,i just thought America was a very rich and modenised country.actually i was curious about that why America could be the super country in the world.i was a little bit feeling disliking America.i thought she was just a young country and was just lucky to make a big money from war 1 and war 2.
but now i change my idea after these days of the Wuhan to Ohio Summer Program.good time often flies away fast!this is my best travel i've ever had,i believe.not only can i have a lot of relax and fun here,but also i've learnt much about American culture and English. i concluded the American culture into one word,that is big.when i first came here to the dining hall for supper,i was surprised about the big food.after a few days i found that hamburgers bigger,sandwiches bigger,drink cups bigger,coats bigger,shoes bigger,cars bigger,houses bigger,doors bigger,restrooms bigger and everything is bigger than China except the land is less big than China.and i also found American people generous.
i think i will be studying in USA one day.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Today (July 21st) morning, we three mathematics students have a precious chance to audit a real abstract algebra class for graduate students in the OSU. It is also the secend time I've been in math tower. The professor who teaches this course is a Chinese from Taiwan. And we also find many graduate students from China mainland too. Because of the professor's incredible fast talking and our unfamiliarity with some math professional terms, we can't catch him well. But we can guess some of what he said by the knowledge we've already learned. There is only about 15 students in this class (including us). And the atmosphere in this class is very good. We actually can't tell who is the teacher and who is students only relying on the way they discuss with each other. Besides the class we had on this morning, we also briefly visited the whole building of math tower. The facilities and the study atmosphere here impress me a lot. And I would really appreciate it if I have a studying and working environment like this. There is also a new discovery about the math tower during the visiting this time. The shapes of the floor tiles on each floor are different. And all the shapes of the tiles do have some relations with Geometry. At last, I want to thank Susie and all the other teachers who guide us in the building. we've gain a lot from this wonderful visit
Take the songs of rock n' roll party for example, actually I don't catch the words in the songs, but the feeling of happiness, anger, pity or sadness I could tell from the melody.
And I really into Frost's poem, because I had expiriece the same feeling Frost felt, even without a horse, not in the same woods, but I can really feel a cold dark night to going around instead of stay for a rest. So I think an American far away from home, sees the bright moonlight flow down the window will also have the feeling Li Bai had, even he's dead for a thousand year.
I think an artist is a guide let us to see what he saw, hear what he heard, feel what he felt, no matter he is singing a song, writing a novel, taking a photo, or giving a speech. So, to face an art, you need wise enough to catch the feeling of artist, even from a word, a line, a piece of color.
So listen to Mike's songs I felt something inside him, but I don't what....
What is "American food"? Before I went to America, to me,American food means hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken and pizza. If you have a "sweet tooth," you might even think of apple pie or chocolate chip cookies. It's true that Americans do eat those things. But now I know those are not the only kind of vittles we can find in America.
During these days , we ate different kinds of food. Such as Germany food, Chinese food,Mexican food and typically American food, of course. I find that the typically American food is not only “junk food”, like potato chips, candy bars and soft drinks , there is also some natural food which is good for our health, such as salad and black coffee and so on.
It seems that American food is mixed by the food from many different countries in the world. I think the reason is that America is a land of immigrants. When people move to America, they bring their cooking styles with them. That's why we can find almost every kind of ethnic food in America.
It is the human nature that everyone likes to express the sentimental mood when it is time for leaving. Actually, we have only one day left in OSU, the big, modern, appealing university which surely all the members of our group enjoy in. The friendly teachers, the modernized facilities, the huge campus, all the things we will treasure forever. I do not want to write something sad, as far as I’m concerned, farewell does not mean apart, otherwise, it represents the splendid new day.
That’s all of the essay, I wish the above words will not be nonsense.
Many Americans like to do exercise in gym while tonight maybe it was my last time to swim and play basketball in RPAC during this trip. Therefore I couldn't waste any moment in this modern gym. I appreciate the clean pools, the free lockers and the wooden basketball courts. Everything here seems designed right for people and so convenient.
American standard life, awesome!
Today we went to rock&roll lunch and had a great experience.I just loved MIKE's energetic voice,although he didn't have much physical exppression,but I could felt his ensusiasm.The drummer was also an awesome guy,he was skilled and behaved quite relaxed.Actually this was the first time I saw a rock band play in live,I was impressed by the feeling of my heart beating with the rhythem.This is a fantastic feeling.
In China,rock music is growing slowly and is facing a lot of troubles,underground rock bands always turn out to fail because of short of money,and when they become successful in commecial,they lost the original feelings,they are not rock any more!Also,Chinese people are taught to adore the Party,Chairman Mao and Max when they are young,we do not have much liberty in expressing our true thoughts and knowing what we want to know.So we do not have the suitable soil for rock music to grow.
On the other hand, many Chinese people like to call themselves punk.But what is punk?I think punk is actually dead after The Sex Pistols.It grew in America and is doomed to die there.Maybe Chinese people can not own true rock music.
However,I still love rock ~~ haha
In the Huntington Park, the palyers on the baseball field, audiences, mascots , hot dogs and all the things in the stadium made me so exciting!
Pete said the baseball game is an excellent way to teach citizens about the values of American culture,like hard work, persistence, individuality , teamwork and patience.It is also a good chioce to relax yourself or kill time with your friends. I find that if you want to promote or preserve relationship between you and your famliy members or friends, bring them to watch a baseball game!Yesterday I saw the audiences around me almost came with his(her) family, friends or lover.They talked, cheered for the team they supported, enjoyed delicious hot dogs together!It seems that the joy from spending leisue time with family members or friends is more important than the result of the game.
Baseball game is an easy game, all the things you should do when play it are hitting, running,catching and throwing. Baseball game is a difficult game, the player should try his(her) best score runs.Baseball is also a soft and polite game, you need to run under control.
Perhaps “baseball seasons” would change world weather patterns one day.
How do they begin?
Right from the start we will grow,
Look where we are,we are in OSU!
We've come so far and there's still a long long way to go!
All of my heart, I will care.
I'll play my part, I will share.
Together we'll stand,hand in hand,
We will get there!
Yesterday I went to a baseball game. Peter told us before that baseball is a nation game, but not until yesterday had I realized how crowded it would be to watch a real baseball game. I have never seen such a great amount of people when I stay in Ohio these days. It reminds me of the crowded street in China. Friends gathered together to watch a baseball game and talk to each other as a way of relax. Lovers have a hug or kiss when their team gets a score. People started to laugh and yell whenever they want, ate Cracker Jack, ice-cream or hotdogs and sang songs together. It makes a lot of fun. Through the real game I understand that baseball relieved the stress of daily life of the American and do helps them a lot to spend a good time with their friends or their favorite team.
I have to say that baseball is not as intense as football or basketball, but I still have a lot of fun when I watched it. I understood more about the rules of a baseball play. It is such a pleasure to watch a real baseball game before we leave Columbus. I bet next time when I see a baseball game on the TV, I may explain the rules to someone with me, and happy to see them all like the game so as I did.
Thinking back on those days we just arrived, I was completely uncomfortable with the weather and food here. I missed the melting temperature in Wuhan, though I never admitted that when I was actually there. And I would lose all my apetite when I see there was cheese on almost all the food.
Now, I'm kind of accustomed to the coolness here, and even find that cheese can be delicious at times. And going back to Morrison Tower really feels like going home everyday. However, it's time to go when I'm totally used to the life here. If only I could stay in OSU all the time.
But we have other wonderful places to visit, and finally one day, we have to go home. Yet, the Morrison Tower, the Oval, High Street, North commons and Kennedy Commons and so on, I will definitely keep them in mind forever.
The class in Mike’s campus in the afternoon was about poems. It’s my first hear of American poems using words that rhyme. I much admired the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” wrote by Robert Frost, I was impressed by its excellent structure. I also knew for the first time that the first sentence of Li Bai’s “A Tranquil Night” describes the state of the poet lying in bed rather than the moon light shining over the bed. The class made us come to understand the poetry and culture of America, which is helpful.
Monday, July 20, 2009
These almost ten days Here, everyday is full of suprises, so does today.
Visiting the German Village with Rick is really a different experience, we have learnt more about American immigrant culture, and have seen the special buildings of German style. All the guys of my group, especially girls, were very excited in taking photos at that beautiful place. I also enjoyed very much the lunch that we had in the German Village.
What makes me more exciting, we also went to watch a real baseball game tonight. Though that’s not a game of major league, I have felt American’s enthusiasm on baseball. We ate dime-dog and shared our love on that wonderful game. I believe that I will continue to play baseball, which is a big surprise I’ve gotten in America, after I return to my hometown.
Now, there’s only few day left for us to stay in OSU, I hope we can have more happiness and more suprises.
Actually, I do not like Shakespeare, maybe this conclusion is a little bit imprudent for I even never read any books of him. But I went with Peter to see the play <
To tell the truth, it was too difficult for us to understand the play, the old English rhetoric, the fast speaking speed, the complex plot, and so forth. But thanks to Pete’s patient translations, we can catch the rough story.
Anyway, what impress me most is the public facilities in U.S.A. The Schiller Park is extremely beautiful in the German village south of Columbus where the citizens can have their leisure time. This series of the Shakespeare’s play are all for free, and may possibly be performed at every weekends in the summer. I do not want mention the high cost art performance in China, few of citizens can ever afford it. Apparently, it is really a long way for our country to develop and prosper compete with western countries.
In the end, thanks very much for Pete’s friendly inviting, I can swear it is not a polite formula.
At the beginning, I hit the ball and run to the 1st base.Then I just wait for next batter to hit the ball and run to 2nd base bebore the ball reached the 1st base. If Iwere touched by the catcher who got the ball, I was out.If not, I ran to 2nd base and waited for another hit. I made a run pretty soon. When we made the offence 3 out, we swithed. This time, I became a catcher.we finished several innings then we went to a lecture.
In the evening, our teachers took us to see a baseball game. It's dime for a hotdog night.One can get two hotdogs using two quarters. There were long queues before the cash registers. Americans love the game. Then I got back to my seat and listened to Peter and Rick explaning the rules of it. Walk, strikout, touchout, error. At the break after the 7th's ining, we streched out and sang the old baseball song. The Columbus team-clipper was leading all night before we went back to Morrison Hall.The hotdogs were good,and the dipping dots of mint and chocolate flavors were quite delicious.
It was a nice day for learning American culture and the interesting game! All the things were impressive!
I have to say that it is my first time to play baseball this afternoon.It was a really exciting game and we enjoyed ourselves so much.We played it and tried our best.However,we lost the game at last.But even for us who lost it,the game was interesting and exciting.Maybe we are not familiar enough with it. And if we can play it tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,definitely we will play better.
Then,we went to a really baseball game in the Huntington Park in the evening.The game is between the Columbus Clippers and the Scranton/WB Yankees.There were about 11,000 people in the Huntington Park watching the game and it was really a cool game.We got 8 runs while the visiting team got only 1 when we left.So we were in the lead.We got very excited during the game and sang the famous song《Take me out to the ball game》.
Baseball is a really cool game and I love it!I am looking forward to playing it another day!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
When we had a sight looking around the bridge which linked the Ohio State and the Kentucky State. I found an airplane tied a flag and on the flag we could see that ‘The money could be saving’. It’s an advertisement that made by Geico which is the fourth biggest car insurance company, I think it’s interesting and attractive ,but I have to say that the cost must be very high.
We also met a group of people who seems that they came from the early days. They think that light, drive and any kind of technology is unbelievable. They lead their original life, simple and pure. I think they are very kind that when we left, they all waved to us.
On the flight from Seoul to Chicago, I had saw a film that called Confessions of shopaholic. During these two days, we all became the shopaholic. We rushed into the shop centure and rushed out with our hands full of bags, and then rushed into another shop.
Life here became better now ,we fitted it better now.
On the way to the destination that the black would be sold as slaves, hundreds of people were arranged in a cabin, they could not have enough food and drink, and they even could not have bath for over several months, which is the basic condition of life in our eyes. What’s more, because of the limited room, they threatened to be thrown into the ocean to set aside room after a while. I believe that what we’ve seen is the angle of the iceberg so that may another moment shocked me after the film of ‘nanjing nanjing’ which I saw a month ago.
I don’t know why they could do such cruel things to the black especially some of their compatriots participated in the criminal team. When facing the great profits, the belief, the heart, the truth were becoming fragile. I wonder that the origin of human beings is kind or evil. However, that some people devoted all their lives to helping slaves escape also let us see the hope. In a word, people who are living on the earth are all human beings. We belong to the same species. So peace is beyond everything and the truth will exist all the time I think.
In my inpression, a church it a place that light penitrate the great glass wall, and people wear cloak stand around and make their pray, and I am a man never have a favor to step into a religeon place, as I seldom went to temple in my country. But today is different, I just enjoy the atomosphere and the songs there, and I think it is just a comfortable place to make you relax, rather than the horrible feeling of step into a temple in China seeing the horrible status.
Went out of the church, I noticed that a bar stand outside, on it write "PEACE" in different languages, it remind me of the lovely children in the church who perform a terrific singing and dancing, they need peace and love, SO DO WE!
Today (July 19th) we have a chance to experience the whole process of a real worship in the King Avenue United Methodist Church. It's my first time to see the worship. I had heard the description of the Roman Catholic Church from a famous professor in WHU before. Although the Church we visit today is not that splendid and solemn as Catholic Churches usually do, I'm still deeply impressed and affected by the worship. Inspite that all the things the people worship there do is simplly watching, hearing, praying and singing, those behaviors are instinct with love to their all mighty god and their brothers and sisters. The atmosphere is of humanity and catholicity. It's an amasing and improving visit to the church and American's daily life. But I will not become a christan after all. Truthfullly there isn't any very common religion among Chinese people in China. We still can't say that most of us don't have religion. Many of us do have their reasons and princples. They do believe in love, destiny and justice. And those may be the princples of the changing world. That's exactly all religion matters I think. So I have my reasons, I believe in all the good that can make our world a better place, I love my families and my friends, I respect the world we live in, the environment we rely on and all the other races. And then I do have religion. And the Bright world I believe in may bless me all the way.
First of all, I should say thank you to all the American friends, Mike, Peter, Rick, Ming, Hans, etc. We really appreciate with your friendly atmosphere and well-designed arrangement, I hope it will be not too late to express such feelings. We have a wonderful time in OSU that everyone will treasure it forever.
Moreover, what impress me most are the appealing environment and good facilities in USA. The blue sky, the fresh air, the closeness to nature, the modernized equipment, the emphasis on sport, all of these contribute to my favorite to America. I wonder, how many years can China reach this level?
In the end, I wish everyone can enjoy the following trip, cherish this distinct opportunity to broaden our horizons and develop our interpersonal skills.
I mentioned that few youth attened the service today, but the church paid much attention on the interactive with kids. While in Wuhan, though many youth attend service, from my view, most of them are not really interested in the certain religion but more like following a fashion. So, the service is wonderful. I like the atmosphere there.
In god we trust......
I thought that players on the steet courts were quite rude and aggressive before,but whom I met were actually quite gentle and polite.No spasm words,no heated physical confrontation,we played in a harmonious way and we both respected each other.
On the other hand,I found the great gap of physical constitution between American and Chinese people.Black people can run,can jump,can make some moves that we Asians can hardly do and that is the difference.Maybe I played well In China,but here I'm nothing.That' the difference.
These are my first impressions about American Baketball.
Although I'm not a Christian, I've been interested in Christianity for a long time, because I believe it makes ordinary people become sacred. And according to what I experienced today, I still hold this belief. Each part of the service, especially when the organ was played and people sang hymns together, when we said Thanks be to god or sang Alleluia, I felt that this life, this world, and of course, God, was so divine. My heart was filled with peace and joy.
It's a pity that I didn't catch all the minister said during the message part, but as far as I could understand, he sacrificed a lot, including his family and relationship, to devote himself to the Holy orders. It convinced me that there're things for everyone that worth tireless efforts and even sacrifices sometimes. For myself, it can be chosing to be a good doctor. When the minister led us pray for people suffered with HIV or cancer, I thought I could see the goal I would strive toward in the future, or maybe from now on.
Every one was very nice. They applauded and smiled at us when Mike introduced us, and some of them came to say welcome after the service. It felt like all could be accepted and respected here, men and women, old and young, rich and poor, because we're all loved by God.
No matter where I'll be and what I'll do, the amazing grace I received from God on this beautiful Sunday morning will definitely go with me.
America is the heaven of shopping. Clothes ,shoes and makeup are much cheaper than China. So we just like a wolf which comes out of bondage into freedom, running into the shop . We are hungry, we are thirsty, we are crazy.
I bought 7 clothes, 3 hats ,1 jeans and 1 bag. But I still want to buy .And my friends and family let me to buy some to send them as a gift . It seems endless. There is a problem that how I can take the things to China .
I suppose that it is a very wonderful program. I am happy and lucky that I can have this chance to join in this program. It will be an unforgettable memory in my life. Thank Wuhan University ,the Ohio State University and all the teachers.