Spring semester at the HNC is well underway, so current student Nanfei Yan sent us an update on some of the new student initiatives taking place in Nanjing:
Extracurricular activities such as sports teams and students clubs are a welcome addition to any university; the HNC is no different. Last semester, we talked about volunteer initiatives (MSLI), cultural celebrations (Halloween & Christmas parties), and the HNC basketball team. This semester, I’d like to start by introducing everyone to some of the student-run interest groups at the Center.
First up, the movies! Our international student body representative, M.A. student Lincoln Lin, has a passion for films. In an effort to bring the movies from China and abroad to our diverse student body, he organized a biweekly screening event. After polling the students for classics, Lincoln curated a list that includes “Some Like it Hot”, “大闹天宫”, “Pulp Fiction”, and “甲方乙方”. When asked about his motivation, Lincoln responded: “The things we discuss in class, the academics, that’s just part of learning about other countries. Watching their movies, that’s when you really start getting into the heart of the culture.”
Moving on to philosophy! Lovingly titled the “Philosophy Non-Club”, this group of students and professors meet on an irregular basis to discuss the controversies of life. Off the record, but this may be where the professors do their best teaching.
|HNC's Korea Interest Group|
|Japanese Language Group Lunchtime Session|
Lastly, the warming weather has invited the runners out of hibernation. M.A. student Emily Shea has organized weekly runs around campus and to the neighboring Xuanwu Lake. Right at the peak of cherry blossom season, runs around Nanjing are absolutely beautiful. I hope this inspires you all to go out jogging!
|Cherry Blossoms in Nanjing|