Hello, Doggy! Beijing- Week 7

Wow, only two more weeks left. The past few weeks have really flown by- far quicker than how it felt at the beginning of the summer. It’s funny how time works. When I first got here, I felt uncertain, lonely, and overwhelmed. That’s probably a given when arriving in a brand new country, not knowing anyone, and not knowing the language. The first week felt like an eternity; despite my excitement for the whole experience, self-doubt fueled a lot of my thoughts. Could I really make it the whole summer? The answer, of course, is yes- and I’m gonna miss it, too.

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Update 7/15: Between the Two Constitutions

 

The two major primary documents I located, transcribed, and translated during my archival visit in Beijing were two Chinese constitutions promulgated in 1908 and 1911. The juxtaposition of these codes corroborates China’s political progression in the 1900s, when the country witnessed a constitutionalist reform initiated by the late-Qing regime. Represented democracy and separation of power are the keynotes of the two constitutions. Though the constitutionalism and the corresponding political reform failed to preserve the late-Qing regime, the later Nationalist republic in China inherited the essence of the 1900s reform. At this moment, I’d like to temporarily set aside the longstanding historical significance and concentrate on these two documents alone.

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Update 7/10: Archival Trip to Beijing

 

Things happened, but I am back from Beijing.

The entrance into the China First Historical Archive in Beijing requires an application on arrival, which I did expect but was overly optimistic about. Unlike a visa on arrival, the application does not guarantee the permission of entry. Though seeing a reference letter from a Chinese professor (who does not supervise the project but is willing to validate my identity and research project, and wish to be anonymous), the archive’s receptionist immediately denied my entrance on the first day I arrived in Beijing. While presuming I might be admitted the day after submitting my application, I was notified on the next day that the review of application could take a week at most. When I waited for the application result, I have visited the Chinese National Library and National Museum and attended few historical seminars hosted by the Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. I received the entry permit from the archive’s administration on the fifth day in Beijing. The whole administrative impediment, except the requirement of a reference letter from a Chinese scholar, was not mentioned by the archive staff, who answered my phone call and inquiries before I set off.

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1 Week Down; So much done, so much to do

Wow, it has already been a week. And what an exhausting week it was.

My internship is not one of those “take a backseat, watch the professionals” kind of hands-off internship. Instead, they immediately threw me into the fire with event planning, promotional photography, brewing time, festival service, and video capture. Which is super neat; I’m thankful that my internship is an actual learning experience rather than a blip on my resume. It has a few downsides; namely, I worked 8 days in a row after my first day, and was exhausted after that run. It made sense, there was a huge burger/beer festival that Jing-A participated in over the weekend, so they needed all hands on deck. But it was a lot, especially as I was just now getting used to a new country.

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Beijing: A few days in

I arrived in Beijing late this past Saturday, June 15th. By the time I found myself in my AirBnB apartment at 8 pm, I had been awake for over 24 hours. Turns out I’m bad at sleeping on airplanes! [Read more…]