If you missed the event Friday, or want to watch again with classmates, the DVD, Shanghai Waiting for Paradise, is available to check out on 4F. We have a viewing room if you don’t have a DVD player or disc drive. You may check out a DVD player from IT. Unfortunately, we don’t allow popcorn or more than two viewers together in the library.
If your mind is churning with questions, harness that interest to research this semester for an assignment. I suggest starting with a general introduction, such as Shanghai in transition: changing perspectives and social contours of a Chinese metropolis, which explored Shanghai at the same time as the film, about 2003. It is also an ebook, where you can skim the table of contents for ideas about what angle your research might try. Remember, education and research are about trying things out, from your interest in a topic to different methods for exploring and reporting, to different theories for organizing and understanding the information. University is the best time to take a risk, try a new topic or subject. Now is the time to find out what you don’t like doing as much as what you do like. It’s also a great time to realize the skills you need (logically thinking, calculus and statistics, coding) and learn with a classmate on a group project. Continue reading