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Climbing Out of Poverty in China

At Shanghai’s QiDi Migrant School, a former migrant student grew up to build a school for migrant children because he understood that education is the only way out of poverty in China.


Missing the kids I taught at the QiDi Migrant School in #Shanghai. #volunteerabroad #China #Travel

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Once a week for five months, ten of us, were herded into a dark van with tinted windows and ragged carpets. We contorted ourselves into the most uncomfortable positions and driven to the outskirts of Shanghai. The driver dropped us off on the side of a dusty highway and like clockwork, someone was waiting to take us through the dark alley.

We passed by a middle-aged couple whose brown leather skin was the result of years of toiling in the sun. They baked bread on the side of the highway – salty ones and unsalted ones. Behind them was a dirt road carved between two dug out vegetables fields, which were being tended to by residents in straw hats and hunched backs. This is what poverty in China looks like.

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Stories From The Nanjing Massacre Museum

Nanjing Massacre Museum is an agonizing and graphic reminder of the Rape of Nanjing by Japanese soldiers


I’ve read Iris Chang‘s The Rape of Nanjing. Words never felt so real. I’ve also watched the documentary, Nanking, before my visit to The Nanjing Massacre Museum. The museum, which has an ambiance that reflects the aftermath of The Rape of Nanjing, is dedicated to the 300,000 men, women and children who died at the whim of Japanese soldiers.

There are walls upon walls of anecdotes and obituaries of those who were killed, raped, burned and looted, along with stories and faces of those who did the killing and raping and burning and looting.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen: China’s Founding Father

Dr. Sun Ya-Sen’s political philosophy rests on Three Principles of the People – nationalism, democracy and the people’s livelihood


At the mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the founding father of The Republic of #China. #Nanjing #hesabigdeal

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Nanjing was the last place I visited in China before I headed back to New York. I saved it for last because it was only a short train ride away from Shanghai. It was a somber trip but a good time for self-reflection and philosophical pondering. Great way to wrap up five months in China, right?

I went to pay my respect to the Founding Father of The Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, at his mausoleum located at the foot of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain). He is one of China’s most revered revolutionary and political leader.

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