Life In China

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Everywhere you look today, China is in the news — as a powerful economic force, a broker in international relations, a hungry consumer of energy and goods. But how much do we know about daily life there?

In April 2006, the nonprofit organization What Kids Can Do, Inc., with the support of the Asia Society, spent two weeks with students at Beijing No. 12 High School creating a series of photo essays about life—and school—in New China. Younger students added a postscript: an audio Chinese-English dictionary in their own voices.

Here we share their remarkable images and words in a series of multimedia presentations. Look and listen to what these Beijing youth have to say.

SIDE BY SIDE

Nationalist pride and Buddhist prayer, Tai Chi and soccer, skyscrapers and alleyways, buses and rickshaws, wealth and poverty, new and old. In today’s Beijing, the contrasts are everywhere.

See and read about these contrasts.


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A BEIJING TOUR

They couldn’t be more different from one another: Tiananmen Square with its public monuments and soldiers; Wangfujing Street with its stores and tourist stands; the playful Houhai Lake; and the city’s poorest neighborhoods, where rural migrants get their start.

Click on the images to the left to tour these four parts of Beijing.

INSIDE OUR SCHOOL

Eight subjects a day, school uniforms, two-hour lunches, sports and national pride, friendships, studying hard, relaxing, music and dance--and more.

Hear Beijing No. 12 High School students talk about their education and see inside their school.

DICTIONARY

laoshi…teacher
dajie…street
zixingche…bicycle
mao…cat
pengyou…friends

Come learn Chinese with us!

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