A bit of a recap, since we did so much in our one full day in Shanghai. While the team went to visit the old Chinese city part of Shanghai, I bought the airplane tickets to Nanchang and met my graduate school classmate Pan Tianshu who is teaching at Fudan University. Tianshu brought me up to Fudan to meet Prof. Zhang Letian and his other anthropology colleagues at Fudan.
After attending a graduate student function at my friend’s department, I met up with the team at Fudan University so that we could meet with yet another Davidsonian in Shanghai – Prof. Shelley Rigger (Political Science; she is on sabbatical this academic year). The picture above is the gang standing in front of a statue of Mao that lies directly behind the main gate of the Fudan campus. Here also is a picture of Minh Nguyen, whose visit to Mao made him reflect on deep issues.
We then had a wonderful dinner with Prof. Rigger and her family in a nearby Uyghur restaurant, where the students had a chance to talk to Shelley about her experiences in Shanghai. The students enjoyed being with a family in Shanghai and through dinner learning a little bit more about the ethnic diversity in China. Here’s a picture of the gang in Prof. Rigger’s apartment, with a guest appearance by one of her daughters!