Life in School - and Beyond November, 2009
note: This was written more than ten years ago, when I began teaching full time in China. Some slight editing and updating. 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. Smoking and environmental cancer are big contributors to early death. But stress is also an environmental constant.
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?