International Dinner a Tasty Success

WASHINGTON — On Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, the first floor of the Nitze Building was cleared for one of SAIS’ marquee events -- the International Dinner. In partnership with Student Government Association, the SAIS administration, and student clubs, this student-run event pulsates Nitze with a senses-stimulating two-part act: tasty food and lively performances. Starting at... Continue Reading →

This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!

By NATHAN FISCHLER NANJING — On Friday, October 31, HNCers celebrated All Hallows’ Eve with a multicultural party at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, an event that has been held every year since the Center’s founding in 1986. Students dressed up in a wide variety of forms, from movie characters to Chinese mandarins to anthropomorphizing the historic... Continue Reading →

Chinese Calligraphy at HNC

By T.J. CUI NANJING — The SAIS Observer recently had the opportunity to sit down with Xun Jingqi, the Chinese calligraphy instructor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center on the art and history of Chinese Calligraphy. “It is an art and a way of life; it’s how to express yourself, your true self,” said Xun. Calligraphy is one... Continue Reading →

High Heels, Running, and Drag Queens in DC

By SAIS OBSERVER WASHINGTON — Blocked streets, crowded sidewalks, and many dozens of drag queen runners set the stage fittingly for the yearly 17th Street High Heel Race, which took place on Wednesday at 9 p.m a few blocks from Dupont Circle. A yearly tradition dating back to 1986, the race brings together thousands of... Continue Reading →

Ping-Pong Diplomacy Sweeping Bologna

By BRYN JANSSON BOLOGNA, Italy – Ever since ping-pong diplomacy paved the way for a thaw in U.S.-China relations in the early 1970s, the sport has been part of the arsenal of policymakers in international relations. In that spirit, the SAIS Pong Club in Bologna is running a 36-player singles tournament, with representatives from 13... Continue Reading →

Bologna Club Fair a Sweet Success

by BRYN JANSSON BOLOGNA — Close to 100 students packed Giulio’s Bar on SAIS Europe’s campus Thursday night for the Student Government Association’s Club Fair. Derek Brooks, one of the SGA representatives organizing the fair, said 28 different clubs signed up for a table. The browsing students had a wide variety of clubs to join,... Continue Reading →

Do You Know Kung Fu?

by IAN WEISSGERBER NANJING — Kung Fu, an ancient form of Chinese martial arts believed to have originated during the Xia Dynasty under the Yellow Emperor, is a cornerstone of Chinese civilization. The many schools of Kung Fu all encompass numerous philosophical aspects such as the concept of qi, loosely described as “energy flow” and believed... Continue Reading →

Beauty and Complexity in Nanjing

by CHRIS SCOTT NANJING — Underlying the discussion of China's continued economic rise are myriad prescriptions for what China must do moving forward. At the annual TedxNanjing conference last Sunday, one of the most important pieces to the puzzle that is China's continued success was on display. Since China's opening, entrepreneurialism has been one of... Continue Reading →

Where do porticos come from?

By MITCH RHYNER BOLOGNA -- This is the story of Bologna and her porticos. We SAIS Bolognese use them everyday, yet know little of their origins. Most assume they are for escaping from foul weather, but there is more to it than that.  Hold onto your behinds. It is a wild ride. The tale begins... Continue Reading →

Has the “Golden Week” Lost its Luster?

By CHRIS SCOTT NANJING — On Oct. 1, as China celebrated the founding of the People's Republic, millions of tourists flooded the many hallowed historic sites, mystic mountains and breathtaking scenic wonders across the country. See more photos here. The legally mandated three days off, coupled with rescheduled weekend days, gives everyone in the country... Continue Reading →

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