Last Hamburgers in Shanghai

(Pictured sitting at the train station from right to left: Jaime Mac Nabb,  Matt Weinberger, Julianne Dutzer, Jonathan Barrett, and Garrett Hart. Paul’s hat can be seen hanging on the carry-on handle.)

Grabbing a last hamburger in Shanghai Station before bullet-training to the interior.  

The University Libraries partnered with the VT Language and Culture Institute and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to establish and run a Virginia Tech Education Abroad program that brought students to the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, for six weeks of intensive Mandarin Chinese study and internships. Librarian Paul Hover, Assistant Director for International Outreach Initiatives, was Faculty Guide for the Summer II course, titled Virginia Tech in China (VTIC), in the summer of 2012.

Interviews with students of Virginia Tech in China 2012

Three radio interviews, two in English and one in Chinese, were recorded during the final week of the VTIC course. The students tell in their own words what they experienced and learned. The MP3 files are being hosted at the VT University Libraries’ institutional repository VTechWorks and can be heard here: URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/18993 Date: 2012-08 .

Here is a link to the “Historypin” photographic odyssey of VTIC 2012, retracing the ground we covered in China in pictures and maps: www.historypin.com/channels/view/35464/#!photos/list/ .

This is an abstract of the MP3 files and a description of the VOICE OF ANHUI, CHINA:These are three MP3 audio files of an interview with Virginia Tech students recorded in the studios of News Radio, Anhui Radio & TV Station in Hefei, Anhui Province, China. The students describe their experiences in and impressions of China while on a 6 week VT Summer II Course. Both English and Chinese is spoken. About VOICE OF ANHUI, CHINA — Anhui News Radio’s 30-minute “Voice of Anhui, China” has been broadcast in Maryland and Washington D. C. on a weekly basis since July, 2006. This program aims at promoting China’s Anhui Province to the American public and is the only English radio show that has ever been broadcast in the U.S. to promote a Chinese province so far.

More details about the VTIC Summer II course:

Internships were arranged during the last week of the course at Chinese companies chosen to match each individual student’s interests. In addition to these components, students were guided on five weekend excursions to local and national UNESCO sites such as the Shanghai People’s Square, Yellow mountain (Mount Huangshan), Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui, the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing, The Temple of Confucius in Nanjing, and the Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai’s tomb in Ma’An Shan overlooking the Yangtze River. Students earned three credits in Mandarin Chinese language and three culture elective credits in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and one credit in the Department of History for a lecture course on The History of Science in China, for a total of seven credits. The program is open to all Virginia Tech students.