China Diary:
Socializing


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Nov. 3: Francisco – I have been reading Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos and finish it today. I center my MBA lecture around its ideas. Francisco, my student in both classes, takes me to dinner after tonight’s class. He asks for the book to read and I loan it to him; I also agree to notify him about events we Americans will have.

Nov. 4: Cultural Exchange – I have lunch with Kathleen to compare notes about Guongzhou where I was last week and she was a couple of weeks ago. Maurice and AJ join us, and we try the faculty cafeteria. This afternoon, Steve from the Shanghai Institute for International Studies is hosting a Cultural Exchange with their adult English students (25-35 years old, mostly people with previous degrees and some work experience). I bike over and getting there early join some students on the basketball court. Once inside, Steve breaks us into small groups led by an English-speaker to conduct discussions on cultural differences between China and the U.S. Three groups rotate through each leader over the two hours as we talk about everything from Bill and Monica to the economy and jobs to movies and life in America.

Nov. 5: Sick Day – My throat is sore so I stay in all day. Some students call and others stop by, one bringing some folk medicine for me. Jade comes at 9:00 after her English class (also at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies) to scan some of her photos for a Home Page she is developing.

Nov. 6: Disco Duets – I invite to lunch a couple of my colleagues who were involved in starting the School of Management and currently help administer it. They tell me about a number of activities the School is engaged in and we discuss some possible things I can do. There are plenty of leftovers, and I take some home for dinner later. After dinner, Francisco takes me and Maurice to a dance hall in a local hotel. We three bike the few miles at night without any lights. The manager is a student at the Management School and chats me up. After some beer Maurice and I do a duet of "Country Roads (Take Me Home)". For the last song, Maurice and Francisco sing "Love Story."

Nov. 7: Going to the Country – The usual suspects take a day trip to Xi Tang, an old small town in the southern countryside that is famous for its "Madison Bridge" corridor crossing its many canals. Joining us are foreign experts from France, Russia, Japan, and Korea. We are twenty in all including Waiban representatives. After lunch we go to Zhu Jia Jiao, which is known for its stone bridges (also crossing its many canals). Mark does not join us because he is taking the GRE’s in hopes of entering a Ph.D. program next year. When we return Kathleen hosts a reception for him, and many of us take Mark out to dinner that evening. We end the day by continuing our celebration in Mark’s apartment.

Nov. 8: Pizza Party – Sunday is pretty routine: morning hoops, lunch at the shack, and shopping at E-Mart. For the evening Maurice organizes the Nanyuan Experts House I-Da-Li/Mei-Guo (Italian-American) Cultural Affairs Committee which arranges for a private screening of "The Godfather" (Part I). Jackie gets my classroom which has audio-visual equipment. Refreshments are mostly potluck, with David bringing more than enough mini-pizzas and others bringing wine and beer, cheese and crackers, and assorted other snacks. Around twenty show up, and since seven of us Americans have been living together I dub us "The Magnificent Seven." Other attendees are from France, Germany, Japan, Norway, a couple of Americans from another local university, and of course a handful from China including Fenwick and Francisco.


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