I’m still in Shanghai with the AN/Freeman Student Faculty Fellows – Director of Sustainability and colleague Jeff Mittelstadt, and students Tom DeMarzo, Antonia Giles, Xiaoyun Liu, John-Michael Murphy, Lucy Sexton, and Liz Stevens. We’re still in the midst of collecting up stories of sustainable farming/food and footage to show those stories. In the meanwhile, enjoy this short clip put together by Jeff Mittelstadt.
Congratulations to Peter Carolla (Anthropology ’06), who with his colleagues Hillary Pierce and Nick Gooler, just won the Best US/International Documentary Short award from the Kansas City Film Festival for his film The One Who Builds. Earlier this year, Peter returned to his alma mater to debut this film, as part of our 2013 celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday.
Website for The One Who Builds.
Chai Lu Bohannan (’14) and Julie Coursen (’14) did fieldwork with Fudan University graduate student Feng Ran examining the social impact of a developing eco-city on nearby Chongming Island. Chongming, an island in the Yangtze River Delta, is a couple of hours away from Shanghai by bus.
Here’s a clip from a forthcoming documentary called Cotton Road by Laura Kissel of the University of South Carolina. I met her this fall at Fudan University, but unfortunately missed her screening because of a trip.
To me, this clip demonstrates how best to tell a story with video. Notice how close she gets to the activity, the different perspectives, the pace of the shots, and the natural sound.
As a family, we’ve had a great time with the Davidson in Shanghai program this fall. While Michael participated in some of the program activities and trips, such as our visit to Beijing and watching Dan Van Note dancing with Fudanso, his experience in China centered around Fudan International School. His 5th grade classroom has been truly international, with most of the students ethnically Chinese (but with foreign passports), Europeans, and other nationalities.
So as our holiday greetings to everyone, here are some holiday tunes for you to enjoy, courtesy of the students of Fudan International School. Here is globalization at play, with a celebration of Christmas taking place in a public, municipal elementary school in Shanghai, with kids singing in Spanish.