Singapore-Shanghai SAP Schools’ Student Seminar, China
在这意义非凡的旅程中，同学们不仅游览了上海著名的文化和经济景区，如豫园、城隍庙、外滩和东方明珠塔，加深了对上海历史和文化的认识，也有幸参观了不少企业机构如上海文广集团和由阿里巴巴集团重点投资的新型数字化财经媒体与信息服务集团 —— 第一财经公司，并与各企业的代表对话，可谓获益不浅。值得一提的是，我们也非常荣幸邀请到了在中国工作了20多年的特选中学学长 —— 通用汽车中国市场营销部总监，王振林先生，为大家分享了他对研讨会主题“求同存异，和谐共赢”的理解与实践。
The 2016 Singapore-Shanghai SAP Schools’ Student Seminar, jointly organised by Nanyang Girls’ High School and The Middle School Attached to Fudan University, was held in Shanghai from 13 to 19 November.
A total of nine SAP schools from Singapore participated in this biennial event. The theme for this Seminar was “Harmony in Diversity, Collaboration towards Prosperity”. Six Dunmanians from the Bicultural Studies Programme were nominated to represent the school in this Seminar. The participants embarked on meaningful learning journeys to places of cultural, historical and economical significance in Shanghai and had enriching interaction sessions with representatives from multinational corporations such as CBN Data (an affiliated company of the Alibaba Group) and General Motors (China). The Seminar was held on the last two days of the trip and students had the rare opportunity to interact with students from Shanghai and shared their research work.
Our Dunmanians were also presented the “Most Creative Project Award” for their efforts. In their reflections, the participants had all shared that the Seminar was a memorable and engaging learning experience that has broadened their horizons and developed their socio-cultural sensitivity.
The Shanghai Trip that spanned a week was a culturally and societally immersive experience. It served as an eye-opener in many cases, and has certainly changed my views of China in many aspects. With its iconic and imposing skyscrapers and structures now dominate the city’s skyline, it is amazing to see how the historical bunds and buildings that was once built by the westerners still stand today in juxtaposition to the city’s urban developments, all blending in to create a rich historical atmosphere.
The 2 days of interactions with students from other schools left me with better connections and friends from those schools, since we got to mingle and do activities together, though it was rather forced initially. The experience of touring the city with a group of relatively new friends was a first, but it allowed me to forge better friendships and also explore and visit places that we would usually not go when following tour groups. While it was still planned by an organiser, taking the Shanghai Metro ourselves and touring different parts of the city was certainly a fun and enriching experience. We got to experience the daily rapid flow of the veins of Shanghai, with cars honking and pedestrians crossing with the usually rush that we experience in many other cities. The palpitating flow of traffic was not a usual sight we would see in Singapore, since there is a certain kind of adrenaline that runs through every driver we encountered. The pedestrians too were not going to give way without a fight, with cars and pedestrians oftentimes only a centimetre or less apart. While certainly rather harrowing for us as first-timers, it would be an experience I will not forget. The seminar itself was an experience of deep intellectual stimulation, as it allowed me to gain better insights to the Chinese view of society and harmony, and also a better understanding of the Chinese mentality.
The various solutions and research pushed forward by the Chinese students have a certain reflection of their government’s desires, but it is also infused with other western ideals. The unique blend of these 2 very distinct lines of thought certainly shows the increasingly modernised direction China is heading towards. Many of the research put forward by the Chinese students was also very interesting, such as a research project solely based on the understanding of lipsticks and its usage. All in all, the entire trip certainly allowed me to become equipped with better knowledge and understanding of China, and has also left me a lasting impression of Shanghai as a whole.
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