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Re: Greetings from the Great White North by tucsonmike on 6 May 2006 2:56am
Hi Christel,
You have been lucky. You have had some great teachers. They have to be if they quote Python. They have already skyrocketed in my book.
The origins of modern Italy class sounds like fun. People forget how "divided" Italy really is and how the divisions in some cases hark back to ancient times.
I grew up with many people of Southern Italian and Sicilian origin. Never tell a Sicilian he is Italian. :-)

How did I get involved in things Chinese?
Much of it you can read about on my blog

In a nutshell, to paraphrase Sherlock Holmes in a Scandal in Bohemia, it was about a woman. Yes, I was trying to learn more about Chinese culture, so I could date a Chinese woman (unsuccessfully). I took a Chinese philosophy class, received an "A" in it and as they say, the rest is history.
Re: Greetings from the Great White North by Christel on 6 May 2006 4:09pm
Hi, Mike,
That's a very interesting site you have; I liked your bit on Chinese language. I took Japanese lessons for a while when I was fourteen, and right now I'm working on my calligraphy. They just started a Mandarin course this year at Dalhousie university, taught by a Chinese English professor who happened to be our next-door neighbour for twelve years.

I know what you mean about China (and its history) being important it's true now more than ever. My dad, who is chair of the design department at NSCAD (the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) here in Halifax, went to China last year to recruit students for the master's program, and they're sending him back again this autumn. He says the Chinese students are very talented artists but not so good at thinking independently.

So... do you refer to this female who sparked your interest in Chinese culture as "the woman", in Sherlock Holmes' style?
Re: Greetings from the Great White North by tucsonmike on 7 May 2006 4:56am
Hi Christel,
Your dad is right. Chinese are great artists, but they are not taught to think independently. It is a culture, in which people depended on pulling together to survive.

Glad you enjoyed the blog. Yes, I just refer to her as "the woman." Since I am writing a novel about Moriarty, I think about Sherlock Holmes a lot lately.
I might put that on the blog.
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