Miss. Lulu’s Art Classes

Let me introduce you to the new art teacher in Columbus Art Council! Haha, yes I became a teacher again after my teaching in South Korea and China. Can’t be more excited!

After solving all my drivers’ license, CPT, offer and visa problem, I started my teaching in Art Council Summer Camp in June.

student's work Chloe was not really confident with drawing, usually she would be the first one shouting: ” No, I can’t do that!” But she told me that she had a sister who was a wonderful fashion designer and she was so proud of her. So I asked her if she wanted to design something herself, too. Take a look her first design! I just love it!

photography class Teaching photography with those kids can be always inspiring and fun. They are energetic, smart and always eager to learn new things. We went outside, tried to catch motion at different shutter speed. We also tried cyanotype photography. We even made a paper camera by ourselves! Time just goes too fast!

Liz is copying her Chinese nameI’m surprised by their interests in Chinese culture. They never stopped asking me write their names in Chinese, asking if Mulan is real, asking about Great Wall and schools in China…. Most time in America, I will be told or forced to listen other people’s opinions about China or Asia, most time, people believed in our own ideas and closed the door for a second thought. Sometimes, having a open mind like a kid become such a challenge. A lesson for all of us, the adults believing “I’m right”.

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Eyes on New York

我迟交的旅行笔记

My late traveling note

到纽约大概有一周的时候,每天来回于拥挤杂乱的地铁站,脑海中总会浮现出一些新的想法,关于纽约,无时无刻不在改变的想法。可惜每次想写下来,总像从手边流走的思绪,收不回来了。

It’s about a week since we arrived NYC. Walking in the messy subway stations, there are always some new idea jumping out, about NY, changing all the time. You can never catch it before you write it down.

还记得刚出发的那天早上九点,一辆黑色的林肯轿车准时停在学校门口接我们去另一个镇子的火车站,司机给我们开门,我们的旅程就这样华丽丽地拉开了序幕。这趟为期三周的旅程,我和王莹去了亚特兰大,纽约,新泽西,波士顿和华盛顿,然后从华盛顿一路驱车南下十六个多小时回哥伦布。Jonathan开着车去华盛顿我们住的温莎公园酒店接我们的时候,我们已经归心似箭了。在唐人街吃了一顿拉面,包子,蒸饺之后就启程。

It was a early morning we set off to our new journey. A shining limo parking in front of our campus gate ready to drive us to the nearby train station ( before I got my lovely mercury, that was our only way leaving Columbus), the drivers open the door for us. Here we go!Our brand new winter journey! It was a three-week travel, Louise and I visited Atlanta, New York, New Jersey, Boston and Washington DC. Driving all the way from Washington D.C. back to Columbus, MS, when Jonathan, our awesome friend picked us up in Washington, just imagine how much we miss our little southern town! We enjoyed one more Chinese meal in China Town, and said byebye to Washington.

我们整整两周的时间都耗在了纽约城,这座城市复杂而充满故事,却完全不如想象中高高在上盛气凌人。我想纽约的气势在于她的不在乎,她不在乎你对其的看法,任由杂乱拥挤,她只顾自己。有张明信片上就用涂鸦的文字写着“You can’t stop New York City.(你无法阻止纽约城。)”身处纽约,你要么旁观,要么放弃,要么投身进步履匆忙的人群,成为纽约的一部分。纽约从不为谁改变。这样一座城市,是需要消耗精力去适应进而享受的。

Two in three week traveling, we spend in NYC. It’s complicated and full of stories, but surprisingly, not as ( to be continued…)

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第一天刚下飞机,我们就被纽约霸气的巴士司机摆了一道,等了很久的巴士,要不就是不来,要不就是完全不顾扬长而去,最后只能得着一辆就上然后慢慢倒地铁。我们经常开玩笑说世界上有两种司机,一种是司机,一种是美国司机。在孟菲斯碰上司机下车买水,巴士就停在便利店门口,也有电车司机停下车给我们拍照的,纽约司机看着前面车位被占干脆开走的,波士顿司机被警察开罚单了停车找乘客签字作证的……都成了我们旅途中的笑料。

纽约的公交地铁线也是纷繁复杂,在同一个地铁道上总是同时有三四条线开着,每条线还有特快线和普通线,特快线会跳过好些站,如果事先不知道,就只能匆忙下车再坐普通线返回。
纽约的住宿贵得吓人,一天晚上一间普通的房间往往要一百到三百美金不等。而且据说圣诞新年这样的假期,纽约的空房率从来没有高过百分之十五,Lonely planet甚至建议半年前就开始找地方住。为了弄到住的地方我们也是颇费了一番心思。每天发上十来封邮件四处搜索,最后终于弄到了纽约中央公园北边一间公寓,公寓本身是一百二十美金一天再加上百分之十四点多的税,有两个卧室,一个客厅,一个厨房,一个卫生间,房间非常舒服,厨房也是设施齐备。大概是在纽约找房子太不容易,我在couchsurfing上发了个帖子后,很多人都回复愿意跟我们合租。我跟其中几个看起来比较靠谱的沙发客联系了,最终确定了一个台湾的摄影师,一个加拿大的厨师,一个纽约大学的交换生,还有一个卡梅隆大学的中国留学生一起租房。就这样,我们刚到纽约不仅交上了好些有意思的朋友,也把住宿费大大压缩了下。

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半个月的时间,可以说我们是慢慢感受纽约的。在MOMA徘徊整整八个小时,在旧书店搜索廉价的好书,在唐人街搜寻美味的茶餐厅,在咖啡馆喝着咖啡歇歇脚,在超市买菜回公寓做饭,在路边小摊买美味又便宜的咖啡和华夫饼坐在公园长椅上边吃边聊,在网上拍的半价车票去woodburry血拼名牌衣服……说不喜欢纽约很容易,她的杂乱,权钱第一(进博物馆虽然理论上可以免费,但是网上付钱订票的不用拍上整整半天的队伍),高消费,高犯罪率(我们在的那段时间就听说了附近两起案件)等等都可以让人一口咬定这城市有多不好,但要忘记纽约城,却又是另一码事了。

纽约的匆忙拥挤会让人渴望清净,书店和图书馆成了最吸引我的地方。Strand Bookstore,这间世界上最大的二手书店,是我最爱的纽约的一部分。美国的书籍一向贵的吓人,在这里却能搜寻到几美金的好书,我忍不住买了好几本一直特别想看的小说还有一本包含全美国的lonely planet,这系列的旅行圣经一直是我最喜欢的,另外我还在唐人街找到了一个中文书店弄到了一本有关旅行的中文书《独立,从一个人的旅行开始》。于是睡觉前,在地铁里和咖啡馆的时间都成了我的阅读时间,古语说:“读万卷书,行万里路。”可以一边旅行一边读一些好书,多惬意。

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我常常问自己旅行的意义是什么,为什么非要离开安逸舒适熟悉的床铺跑到一个从未踏及的地盘里折腾。 《独立,从一个人旅行开始》说旅行多少是为了逃避现实,我不太同意。为什么旅行就不能是现实?就好像在中国有种说法,念书的大学生是不了解现实的,但是到底什么是现实?我们去超市买菜做饭,跟路人打招呼,找工作挣钱,考驾照,去健身房锻炼,洗碗打扫房间,谈恋爱,吵架,看书看电影……为什么不能是现实?如果我们的生活不是现实,那是不是说我们就生活在虚拟中?或者明了说,说这样的话人可能认为不用工作,太美好或太单纯就不算是现实,因为现实”必定“是令人倦怠无奈的,因为这多少是他们从自己的生活或者道听途说中得出的结论。我认为,把美好的事物简单地排除在”现实“之外跟王小波笔下文革时军代表论小红书以外的书都是祸害是一个思维模式。旅途中的所闻所见,比其躲在家中嚼舌根所得到的现实要多得多。当然跟着导游四处送钱的旅行不太能算在内。说“用旅行来逃离现实”,其实只是逃离自己弄糟的一部分生活而已,面对是是另一种生活,也是现实。焦头烂额地考虑住宿,门票,车费,景点真是能让人转移注意力的好途径。其实这次旅行我的私心也算类似,除了出门走走,也是跳出一个圈子,给自己更多选择,然后才能决定一些事情。走的地方多了,会发现如果困囿于一个地方就很难做出最佳选择,这大概就是人们常说是视野吧。

byebye,Beijing

Beijing is in construction, everywhere it’s like that. But these all stuff give me hope to expect a better city. Like this place, they are building some old style houses near to Nan luogu Xiang(南锣鼓巷), finally I can see the government are not pull down these treasure but rebuilding them. Also like that, my home campus, China women’s university is also in building now, in 90 days, we will have a totally new studying building and canteen! Even though I will not stay here for that any longer, still happy about that. No construction without destruction.

Today Hugo and I had a long walk in Beijing Hutong, I think I will miss Hutong very much. Something really near to life, no hiding, no making up.Of course another reason is there are always some amazing but cheap,even free for students, exhibition in Beijing. I’m really thankful for my time here and absolutely enjoy it.

This is a picture drawing by Hugo, it’s my name,lulu. Thank you so much!

I will leave Beijing soon, but this city will always be one of the most important place to me.

Hello world!

I used to have a lot of messy meaningless blogs, which means now I want some change. This blog will record my life in in my college years. I’m currently studying in Korea, Ewha womans university as an exchange student and soon I will go to US for my next two years study abroad, than I will come back to China for my last one year.

It’s pretty luck and priceless for me to have the chance studying in three different countries and these experience gave, giving and will give me countless treasure.

I want to share it! Enjoy my trip with me!

我曾建立了很多乱糟糟又无意义的博客,所以现在我想做些改变。这个博客将用于记录我的大学生活。此时我正在韩国梨花女大继续我的交流学习。很快我将飞向美利坚,这是下两年我留学的目的地。然后我回到中国完成我最后一年的学习。

在本科期间能有机会在三个国家学习,这将是一次幸运又无价的经历。这样的经历给了我,正在给我也将会给我无尽的宝藏。

我希望能与你分享我的故事!和我一起踏上我的旅程吧!

if or if not

Today in our English class, Ms. Lu asked our princeple, I said” do what I love, love what I do.” After a bit think, she responded to me,”it’s hard.”To kids like me, who are protected in campus, what I said might be really too childish. In another hand, to people who struggling in the world, covered with endless pressure and hopeless. What I said is too out of reality.Past is heavy, and all we focus on.It push everything possible away.

I want to start from my major to express my opinion.

今天英文课上,老师问我们的principle,我说“do what I love, love what I do.”Mrs 陆想了一下说,这很难。对于我这样没有压力,圈养在学校里的孩子来说,也许这样的想法也许真的是幼稚了点。或者换句话说,对于那些挣扎在社会上,累计了大半辈子的压力和无奈的人来说,这样的想法实在是不现实了。

这话是老套了点,所以这次我想用我的专业为例子来说明我的观点。

These days I keep reading some books on history and philosophy . After a whole year discussing about gender issue. I do want to find some reason and step lead to these issue now. Is it really unreasonable that allowing people to keep their belonging in primitive society? Is it really unreasonable to develop from private ownership. Professor said, don’t use the word reasonable too easily. I do not understand why unreasonable can be easily used while reasonable can’t. What I prefer to accept is gender issue is coming from history and it’s always reasonable to exist.Or can you say Socrates and Confucius look down on female after they made a deal together? The real problem is  how it goes.

最近一直在看历史和哲学的书,讨论了一年多的性别不平等,我真的想找出这种状况累计下来的原因和步骤。我说,难道在原始社会物质匮乏的时候让人们保留自己的生产物资难道不合理吗?从私有制开始发展过来难道不合理吗?老师的回应是,不要轻易使用”合理“这个概念。我大概是真的没看到除了马哲以外哲学,反正我是看不出这不是历史必然而是偶然的任何痕迹,而且为什么不合理这个概念可以被滥用,而合理却不能轻易说出口。我更能接受的是,历史上的性别不平等就是存在了,而且并没有什么不合理。否则难道苏格拉底和孔子要约好了一起贬低女性?关键看的是历史如何发展。女性主义只是历史修缮者中的一员。没用谁能提出一个深孚众望的理想国目标,那么就大家一起磨合和创造。
光哥说一直在想我们专业的问题,说我们专业有个预设,女性是受歧视的。我当然不尽同意光哥的观点,因为两性平等对男性的社会压力缓解有相当大的好处。但是说了一年多的性别歧视,我还真是恶心了。虽然旅行在外,遇到的人大多还是”女人怎样怎样腿型好看“,”咱们爷们怎样怎样“,所以别跟我说什么早就平等了,有本事你女孩子别张口闭口就是减肥,男孩子别有事没事就说女生要“钓”百万富翁。还真有人问过我咱们专业是不是教我们如何钓百万富翁。但历史就是历史,已经存在了。电脑出现也就46年的事,www.出现的时候都是89年了。母系社会,女主政治也不是什么秘密。就唐朝的时候公主还有面首(男宠的意思)呢。谁知道几十年后这个世界是个什么样子?我确实对于批驳从前的制度没有过多的兴趣,像个旁观者一样冷静地分析就足够了,何必像自家小黑狗被人踹了一样义愤填膺?
现在回到题目来,我们总是在过去找原因。为什么我不能do what I love,love what I do?因为我要考虑到我的工作安排,因为我要考虑到我的家人是否赞同,因为我要考虑到我的身体状况,因为我要考虑到我是否有时间,因为我要考虑……所有这些都是已经存在的,虽然有问题了,但是无法改变,因为某些原因,就是不能。
我真不关心谁谁谁到底能不能过自己想过的生活,大多数人都说不行,因为认为行的人都在过自己想过的生活,根本不会抱怨这些没用的话。以”45度角仰望天空,带着明媚的忧伤“的孩子们都有着自己的苦衷。我既不想沉浸在对过去如何不合理的讨论中(找到历史发展的脉络,我更想思考以后能如何。)也不想沉浸在对过去无奈积累的”悲伤“中。
过自己想过的日子实在是简单。我喜欢北京也是这个原因,太多的机会,只要想做,会做,要做的事情就多得不得不选择和舍弃。