My Time in China – White Tiger Path Essays

In August of 2019, I was invited to participate in a cultural and educational term abroad with 7 other Canadians. We attended East China Normal University in Shanghai’s Pudong region taking classes on a variety of subjects related to China as well as mandatory Mandarin lessons with our fearless and excellent teacher Shang Loashi.

At ECNU, we were folded into a larger group with students from all over the world who were completing either a term or year in Shanghai. An international melting pot had been established.

The Canadians also had the unique experience of living in Chongqing, China; living with a host family, and teaching English at the university level for students training to become teachers.

In between diligent study periods and various obligations to both the universities and other folks, I had the opportunity to explore China by foot, car, train, and plane and visited places like The Great Wall of China and Mt. Hushan near Xi’an.

I wrapped up my time in China with a pinch of excitement in late January with regards to the emergence of Covid-19 before returning to Toronto, Canada.

The White Tiger Path essays (1 through 5) are a reflection of the time I spent in China, from August. 31st, 2019 to February 1st, 2020 and can be found here: https://www.themcfearlessinitiative.ca/writings

I hope you enjoy reading through and are able to get a glimpse of what my time overseas may have been like.

Bai Hú (Ian Heystee) (BComm’14)