On a Saturday, November 20, 2013, GreatChina organized a cultural immersion activity for teachers and Chinese parents. The teachers who attended included Kate Anderson, Martina Geronimo, Robert Henry, Sean Jansen, Wintre Johnson, Robert O’ Leary, Louise Peterson, and Judy Kwan. We took a trip to the Jinsha Ruins Museum located in west Chengdu. The museum presented insight into life in ancient Chengdu. Walking through the actual excavation site was one of the most interesting parts of the museum because it set the context for all the relics preserved in the exhibition halls. Artifacts ranging from displays of pottery and bronze weaponry to jade jewelry and golden masks were very impressive.
Afterwards, we had a huge banquet table for a massive feast with parents from the program. It was a never-ending meal of a variety of delicious dishes. The parents werewelcoming and eager to allow a language exchange. When we could not possibly eat another bite, we continued our conversations at a teahouse. We even tested our chopstick skills by trying to pick up marbles with them. Overall, we had a beautiful afternoon appreciating the old and new culture of the city.
-by Martina Geronimo