60-Minute Documentary (2006)
Learning is a two-way street on this road trip. UC Berkeley students, Nick Bowen and Courtney Horstman, travel through Shandong Province together with eleven Shandong University students their age. They stop along the way to teach impromptu English classes to their peers, and in the process learn the history and culture of this historic region by visiting the hometowns of these Shandong natives.
This learning exchange provides Nick and Courtney with the rare opportunity to explore a variety of lifestyles, and see China through the eyes of their new-found friends. On their first trip to China, not only do Nick and Courtney visit historic sights of Confucius’ birthplace, they are also invited to share meals with students’ families in their homes.
Nick and Courtney teach their first class
in China, at Shandong University
Class near the bubbling water at
Baotu Spring Park in Jinan
Boarding the bus to begin the
Guo Jun's family home outside Tai'an,
the city at the base of Mount Tai
Nick and Courtney learn how to make
dumplings from Guo Jun's family
Before and after shots...
see the improvement?
Yang Rongqiu about to ascend 6,000
steps to the top of sacred Mount Tai
Early morning English class
at the top of Mount Tai
Bridges at the Confucius Temple
Door way at the Confucius Temple,
in Qufu, Confucius' hometown
Class on boats among the lotus
flowers at Weishan Lake
Nick and Courtney enjoy a lunch of seafood
on this houseboat with Cao Zhi's family
Nick learns the craft of kites and puts
together this Goldfish at Yang Village, birthplace of kites
After learning to make kites, Nick and
Courtney test their craft in the sky
This woodblock print will take 5 months for
this master carver to complete
Students repeat "An apple a day keeps
the doctor away" at this class held in
Mou Pengtao's family apple and pear
orchard in Yantai
Class on the beach in Yantai... the perfect setting to practice tongue twister "Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore."
Nick and Courtney conduct class on slabs
of marble used for elaborate carvings at
Sun Qian's family home in Laizhou.
Students add tears to the Yellow River in their sentimental goodbyes at this last class.
"SUMMER SCHOOL ON THE ROAD"!
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