Throughout the semester, students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events and lectures - all designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people.
The Alliance also arranges extracurricular classes which may include Chinese painting, calligraphy, cooking, Taiji or other martial arts, seal carving, or paper cutting. These classes offer a wonderful opportunity to learn more about traditional Chinese culture.
In and Around Shanghai
Shanghai program students will visit the famous Yuyuan Park, the historic Bund along the Huangpu River, and the former French concession. Activities may include cultural performances, museum visits, special lectures, visits to artists' studios, architectural walking tours, and many opportunities to meet locals, including students from other campuses.
The Chinese Lantern Festival marks the end of Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). People usually celebrate with colorful lanterns, glutinous rice dumplings (tang yuan) and riddles.
Beijing Opera: The Story of the White Snake
The story is adapted from a famous classical Chinese novel and is an example of how the spiritual world often plays a role in the lives of the Chinese.
Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center
The art center exhibits selected propaganda posters displayed across China from 1949 to 1979. Founder and owner Mr. Yang Peiming hosts the tour of the facilities and provides an introduction to his poster collection.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
Students learn about Shanghai’s history and development and its ambitious plans for the future.
Visit to Baosteel in Baoshan District
A site visit to the largest iron and steel conglomerate in China. Baosteel is the sixth-largest steel producer in the world with revenues of $21.5 billion.
Yueju (Shaoxing) Opera Performance
This type of opera has a history of about 800 years and was derived from a kind of story-singing. At first, it was performed with a small drum and hardwood clappers for rhythm and later, choral and orchestral accompaniment was added.
Xintiandi and the Chinese Communist Party Museum
The excursion is led by the Fudan instructors of the "Issues in Contemporary Society and Culture" and "Contemporary Chinese Politics" courses. Students are encouraged to consider questions about tradition, modernization, and history and to pay attention to the ironies of their setting. Students are also asked to situate "Chinese culture" into a historical context of encountering the west.
World AIDS Day Discussion
Shao Jing, author of a very powerful academic article on the politics of HIV / AIDS and the value of bodies under a neoliberal regime, speaks to the Society and Culture class. Shao Jing completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and is now a professor at Nanjing University. Simon Tang, Office Director of the Chi Heng Foundation, also speaks on the work of the Foundation with children affected by AIDS in China.
"My Shanghai" Migrant Students’ Photography Exhibit
“My Shanghai” is an exhibit showcasing photographs taken by sixth grade students from Jin Hu Primary School.
Acrobatics Show: Pu Jiang Qing
Acrobatics is a pearl in the treasure house of the traditional Chinese performing arts and has existed in China for more than two thousand years.
Independent Film: Gold of Bund
A contemporary drama directed by Wei Wu about recent university graduates seeking jobs.
Visit to the Shouchun Migrant School in Pudong
Students visit classrooms in small groups and communicate with migrant students in Chinese to understand their experiences.
Chinese Singing Competition (Final Activity of Chinese Week)
Students are divided into four groups to compete in singing Chinese songs.
Visit to Shanghai Roots and Shoots
Participants of this activity get a detailed picture of how an environmental NGO works in Shanghai. Some students have even begun volunteering for Roots and Shoots programs.
Student Cooking Contest
Each semester, students participate in a Chinese cooking contest organized by the Chinese language teachers. The teachers take their groups shopping and then each group prepares their favorite dishes.
Students go from room to room, where they learn calligraphy, the Chinese equivalent of the game Mafia, Chinese chess, basic phrases in Shanghai dialect and other cultural activities.