I took the kids to the Urban Planning Exhibition on a recent school-free Wednesday afternoon. This exhibit was created for the World Expo in 2010 and painted a very glossy picture of Shanghai (propaganda?). One floor displayed a miniature Shanghai which took up a great deal of space.
I also took them to an art workshop where they were free to select an activity … then be ‘guided’ just a little too much about what to do. This is something that bugs me with the Chinese approach to teaching which seems to be a ‘do this’ approach rather than encouraging discovery and mistakes.
This week I discovered why so many people have come up to me to point out that having one son and one daughter is ‘good’: If something is good, the Chinese describe it as 好 (hăo). The character for hao consists of 女 (nǚ) daughter and子 (zĭ) son.
This is a good example of language truly influencing thought.
Here’s my latest culinary discovery: custom made soup. After choosing from a huge selection of vegetables, tofu, meat, quail eggs, noodles…and putting them in a basket they are all weighed and then boiled in a huge pot of stock before being ladled into a bowl and garnished with sesame paste, chili sauce….. It tasted better than it looked. The MSG perhaps?
‘Shanghighs’: Taking a yoga class again after a very long break. Yoga is becoming incredibly popular over here.
‘Shanglows’: Rain, rain and more rain.
‘Shangunusuals’: We have met with 2 of Sebastien’s university class mates who are now living here in Shanghai as well as one friend from his home town who was passing through- such a small world!