My View from Beijing: Adventures in a Multinational Classroom

“Is this what you imagined democracy would look like?” Seems like a big question for a Wednesday. As an undergrad at LSA studying international affairs and Chinese, Beijing was a known quantity but a distant concept. During my time at Michigan I had studied abroad and traveled in China, but never envisioned making a life 7,000 miles from my home. I envisioned a life in DC or New York, perhaps grad school. I definitely didn’t foresee that six months after graduating from Michigan, I would be sitting with classmates from 22 different countries as a Yenching Academy Scholar at Peking University to wait for the results of the 2016 American elections. Nor did I expect that after the outcome inst

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