Overseas Trips
30th December 2019

Y4 Bicultural Studies Programme USA Trip 2019

On 18 November 2019, a group of 21 BSP students and 3 teachers went on a 16-day immersion programme in the United States of America (USA). We visited New York, Lancaster and Washington D.C. to learn about the culture, society and history of America.

We first visited the Big Apple, where the United Nations (UN) Headquarters is located. We were very fortunate to tour the place and learn about the work and beliefs of the UN, and the challenges that different communities of the world face. Following up to this, we visited the Singapore Permanent Mission to United Nations to find out more about the role Singapore plays in the United Nations. We also had the opportunity to interact with Singaporean students who were either studying at New York University or on an internship in New York. This showed us the different career paths and lives we could lead, which gave us valuable insight into the choices and considerations we should make to prepare ourselves for what our future holds. We went to the 9/11 Memorial, where we learnt about the devastating terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center through various artefacts, voice accounts and documents. It was interesting to visit the Museum of Chinese in America and the Tenement Museum to explore immigration and its impact on the growth of America. Of course, we did not miss out the renowned Statue of Liberty, which was majestic and meaningful as it symbolises liberty for the people of America.

Our next stop was Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was a vastly different landscape from New York, as the peaceful countryside was a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. It was exciting to see farm animals roaming the green meadows and even pet them when we visited the Amish village, where a traditional Christian community dwelled. As we drove past the Amish families who were clad in traditional outfits and tending to their crops, we were filled with admiration for their commitment and discipline in staying rooted to traditional practices and customs, unmoved by the outside world’s insatiable hunger for more. We had a delectable Amish meal to end off the tour.

Last but not least, we visited Washington D.C., home to the iconic White House, Library of Congress and the National Museum of American History. The magnificent architecture and massive collection of books in the Library of Congress was truly mesmerising. We also went to the Newseum, which highlights the vital role that journalism plays in history and our current lives. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was really impactful as the museum had a multitude of artefacts, personal recounts, voice recordings and mini documentaries which not only humanised the monstrous death count of 11 million people during the Holocaust, but also gave a realistic illustration of what life was like during the Holocaust. Another museum that left a great impression on us was the National Museum of African American History & Culture, which detailed the torture and harsh discrimination that the African Americans faced and the lingering prejudices against them. Both museums reinforced the importance of treating others of different races, religions and backgrounds equally and the significance of one’s actions in times of crisis. We left Washington feeling sad yet inspired to make a change.

2019年11月18日,一行21名中四双文化学生在三名老师的带领下,展开了为期16天的美国学习之旅。在接下来的旅程中,依次前往纽约、兰卡斯特、费城、以及华盛顿特区。此次学习之旅的目的是让中四双文化的学生们更深入了解美国的文化、历史以及政治体系,开拓他们的视野。

美国学习之旅的第一站是纽约,访问了位于曼哈顿区东侧的联合国总部大楼。通过这次行程,师生对于联合国的使命以及其为世界和平所做出的贡献有了更全面的了解。接下来,也陆续参观了各种博物馆和纪念馆,其中包括大都会艺术博物馆、惠特尼艺术博物馆、911事件纪念馆等。师生也与纽约大学的学生们进行了交流,大致的了解美国和新加坡教育体系的异同之处。

接下来,启程前往兰卡斯特和费城。费城是美国最具有历史意义的城市,在华盛顿之前曾是美国首都。当地的导游讲解了有关美国独立战争的发展历史,也重点提到杰弗逊总统为美国独立所作出的贡献。在阿米什村庄里,见识到了阿米什人的简朴生活,他们拒绝汽车及电力等现代设施,虽然没有现代化的娱乐节目,但是他们的生活中却充满了大自然的乐趣。

最后,来到了首都华盛顿,参观了国会大厦、国会图书馆、阿灵顿国家公墓等地方,进一步了解美国的政治体系。在美国大屠杀纪念博物馆里,更意识到战争对人民带来的灾害,也希望历史不再重演。

总的来说,这16天里学生学到了很多平时在课堂里学不到的知识。只有当我们走出去看到更广阔的世界,我们才会懂得提升自己。此次学习之旅进一步培养了学生的世界观,对知识的加深与视野的扩大也有很大的帮助。

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