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S: The Extroaordinary Adventures of Amanda Fedewa in China part 4 created by Amanda Fedewa May 8th thru Aug 4th 2011

BC: The end of the 3 month study abroad trip to China May 8th thru August 4th 2011

FC: The Extraordinary Adventures of Amanda Fedewa in China part 4

1: Lu Xun is one of the major Chinese writers of the 20th century. Considered by many to be the founder of modern Chinese literature, he wrote in baihua () (the vernacular) as well as classical Chinese. Lu Xun was a short story writer, editor, translator, critic, essayist and poet. In the 1930s he became the titular head of the Chinese League of the Left-Wing Writers in Shanghai.Lu Xun's works exerted a very substantial influence after the May Fourth Movement to such a point that he was highly acclaimed by the Communist regime after 1949. Mao Zedong himself was a lifelong admirer of Lu Xun's works. Though sympathetic to the ideals of the Left, Lu Xun never actually joined the Chinese Communist Party - like fellow leaders of the May Fourth Movement, he was primarily a liberal. Lu Xun's works became known to English readers through numerous translations, beginning in 1960 with Selected Stories of Lu Hsun translated by Yang Hsien-yi and Gladys Yang, and more recently in 2009 when Penguin Classics published a complete anthology of his fiction titled The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China: The Complete Fiction of Lu Xun, of which Jeffrey Wasserstrom said "could be considered the most significant Penguin Classic ever published. | Visiting the Lu Xun Memorial

5: I attended an International Conference in Shanghai, China on July 25th and July 26th 2011. I also presented a paper. My topic was on how the Internet effects sex trafficking. The theme of the conference was Globalization of Knowledge: Economics, Ecology, and the Humanities.

6: Taking a train from Shanghai to the Hunan Province. The train ride was 21 hours long!

7: The beautiful ancient city called Pheonix City. The Chinese name for this place is called Fenghuang.

10: Visiting a Miao Village In the rural mountains of the Hunan Province in central China lie many Miao villages. A group of the Miao people lived here for thousands of years, farming the land, and living according to the customs of their minority tribe. For many years they lived very separately from the Han Chinese, the majority people of China, but in the last half century, they have started to connect with them more and more. More than half of the Miao people now speak Mandarin, the main language of China, because it has been taught in the schools for the past 20 years. Many of the Miao people in the Hunan Province live in small rural villages far from the more well known cities on the east coast such as Hong Kong or Beijing.

12: The Miao ethnic minority has a population of 8,940,116 which is larger than most of minority groups in China. After immigration throughout a long history, today they live mainly in Guizhou, Yunnan, Hunan, Hubei, Hainan Provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Prefecture. They are divided into several branches, such as Black Hmong, White Hmong, Striped Hmong, etc. The Miao people believe that everything in nature has a spirit, which incombination are mighty enough to control their lives. Every time there are disasters, they will invite a wizard to perform ceremonies designed to drive out the devil ghost. They worship their ancestors so much that memorial ceremonies are very grand. Sacrifices such as wine, meat, and glutinous rice are costly. Some Miao also believe in Catholicism or other Christian religions.

16: a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in the northern Hunan Province | Visiting Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

22: There is a dragon fly on top of my hat :(

26: This line was insane. We waited 2 hours just to ride a cable car up the mountain. People were pushing and shoving the entire time. There was absolutely no sense of organization in this line. I HATE lines in China!

27: Visit to the Yellow Dragon Cave

29: Check out this funny English translation! This was a ticket booth at the airport in the Hunan province | Some random Pictures

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