Life in School - and Beyond November, 2009
note: This was written almost ten years ago, when I began teaching full time. My students were all undergrads in business, marketing, civil engineering, or urban planning. These notes are early observations on student life at ZUST in Hangzhou. I can't say this email feels inaccurate years later. Life goes on, in and out of school, but the beat goes on, too - stress upon stress, and not stress of one's own making.
The middle class Chinese diet is full of the stuff that doctors in the US tell us we should eat- lots of fish, lots of vegetables, fruit, a little liquor (ok, maybe not a little), a little meat, nuts, grains. But adult Chinese die at about the same rate as Americans, and now, from mostly the same causes - heart, and cancer. Why don’t Chinese people live forever?