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CultureCorner

See how Hillsdalians keep up with the culture:

– Compiled by Katie J. Read

What’s the coolest cultural phenomenon you’ve encountered on the road?

Richard Gamble, History Professor:

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The Hillsdale group visited a region in southeastern Turkey that you can’t even visit these days. We stopped at a small-town supermarket for lunch. We sat down on the store’s front steps to eat. When the manager came out, I thought he was going to shoo us off his property, but he simply asked, “Tea?” He returned with hot tea for everyone, counted heads, and returned with more.

Jonathan Wolff, Senior:

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Fireworks are a big deal in China, especially around Chinese New Year. However, since the population density is so great, people have to get very creative with their pyrotechnics. I have seen them set off in the middle of the street during a Chinese New Year party and even watched some fireworks explode very nearby while taking off in an airplane.

Katie Kortepeter, Senior:

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Definitely different beliefs about the way food impacts health. When I got sick in China, my host mom scolded me for drinking a smoothie while eating spicy food and told me the combination of cold and hot foods caused my fever. I’ve worked at a Taiwanese restaurant for seven years, and before we snack on watermelon during breaks, my boss asks me if I’m pregnant and reminds me that watermelon causes miscarriages.