Chai Lu Bohannan ’14 was enveloped in red ribbons at a lake-side garden in Nanjing, China, last fall when she was photographed by classmate Daniel Van Note ’14. Visitors and tourists buy the ribbons, inscribe them with wishes for good luck and prosperity, and hang them in trees to catch the breeze. Bohannan and Van Note were among 14 Davidson students enrolled in the college’s first semester-long study abroad program in China. Associate Professor of Anthropology Fuji Lozada led the group, and taught courses in visual anthropology and contemporary Chinese society. A guest lecturer from Fudan University in Shanghai, which was the group’s home for most of the semester, taught a class in globalization, and students also took a Chinese language class. The itinerary included a 16-day excursion to Beijing, Xi’an, a rural area of the country, and Taiwan. This newest of Davidson’s study abroad programs will be offered every other year, with the next trip scheduled for fall 2014.
— Bill Giduz