blogbury in china, part 2

Notes:

  • Air quality index was 70-80 today as compared to just over 200 yesterday; what a difference that makes…
  • Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City were considerably less crowded than I had expected; a few people had told me that we’d have trouble staying together as a group while walking through, but that turned out not to be a problem.
  • There is a clear and consistent narrative being pushed throughout the complex, both by the place itself and by our guide: the greatness of Imperial China is, in reality, the greatness of China and the Emperors themselves were a superfluous result of a feudalism that the country has grown out of. What makes this interesting is how it knits the two revolutions together, combining a Marxist reading of the 1911 revolution, as starting the transition from feudalism to socialism, with the Maoist revolution of the Chinese consciousness as completing it.
  • I’m glad I got to meet up with Andrea before she returns to Shanghai this week, even if it was only for a few hours.  She’s doing some incredible things at an internship with one of Beijing’s best-known artists, but I don’t think I can say more than that as most of her projects aren’t public.  She also showed me the Stanford center at Beida where the study-abroad program is based and introduced me to the director, who was (surprisingly enough) at best only faintly aware that there were a dozen Stanford students about to start a month of classes on her campus–the language intensive and the study abroad program are completely separate despite being about a mile apart.

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2 Responses to blogbury in china, part 2

  1. Jennifer says:

    “骨头” is “bone,” “头” is “head,” “股骨头” is femur, although “股骨” alone would suffice as “femur,” so the excessive “头” was translated by itself.

    stanford center is so pretty *__*

  2. b kahn says:

    Avascular necrosis (AVN) of the femoral head is an increasingly common cause of musculoskeletal disability, and it poses a major diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Although patients are initially asymptomatic, avascular necrosis (AVN) of the femoral head usually progresses to joint destruction, requiring total hip replacement (THR), usually before the fifth decade (see the images below). In fact, 50% of patients with avascular necrosis experience severe joint destruction as a result of deterioration and undergo a major surgical procedure for treatment within 3 years of diagnosis. Femoral head collapse usually occurs within 2 years after development of hip pain.

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