Just waiting for invitation and acceptance letters from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. Should be here within the next two weeks, maybe; then I can apply for a year long student visa. I will again be studying with the Friends World Program of Long Island University.
I attended this school before in Kyoto, Japan and was much too bullheaded to allow myself to really learn…Although I did learn from this. Needless to say, I had a plethora of problems with the center director who just happened to be a real unhappy combative woman anyway; so it worked out for both of us- we provided a mutual outlet for each others stubbornness. But, problems aside, I did turn out a couple independent studies that I think are decent. They are posted on this blog if you want to take a look.
I really like China, Donaldherbert’s country. But this time I will not be in the hinter regions of the west but, rather, in the opulent and industrialized east; 100km south of Shanghai. Marco Polo called Hangzhou the loveliest city on the planet, so it is a pity that I do not think hta I will be able to say the same. Perhaps Hangzhou shall break my chauvinism against cities? Doubt it, but it has been a real long time since I lived for any reasonable length of time in a big city. Country mouse leaving the sticks and it could be a little fun.
Just not looking forward to that bai-jo shit liquor…it destroys. Invest two days of being hung-over for every night of drinking Chinese alcohol. The beer is no better. In Hong Kong there is a beer called Kingfisher, and on the label the slogan goes, “Kingfisher, The Beer Without formaldehyde.” The selling point which implies…………
Fucking sick. Chemicalated degraded beer in a chemicallated country.
This past week a mine colapesed killing 100 workers and a Chinese National Petroleum Company chemical plant in Harbin exploded severely polluting the Songhua river with Benzene. The mayor of Harbin went on the news and drank water from a residential tap and said that, “It tastes good.” So I guess that means that it is safe. Laugh, try real hard. As I was just writing this I found out that another chemical plant exploded in south western Chongqing Province……This is daily. China is a mess. But everywhere you go you laugh….or try not to.