New Student Photo Series 2010 – Entry #9

Thank you to all of the new students that have been sending in photos.  It can take me a bit to catch up as they come in so thanks for your patience.  For new students that want to contribute, please see this entry for instructions.

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The first set of photos was submitted by Carmela Zuniga, an incoming MIA student.

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The first picture was taken at Miyajima, Japan at dusk.  The torii, or gate, marks the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine.  When the tide is low, you can actually walk up to the torii.

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The second picture was taken in Acapulco, Mexico.  With the vendors’ backs turned, it seemed the perfect opportunity for those pelicans to snatch some fish.

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The third picture was taken at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park, one of my favorite places to go for vacation.

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The second set of photos were submitted by Xiao Jing, an incoming MIA student.

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I’m from a small city in Jiangsu Province in China. I’ve seen extreme poverty during my visit to the poorest towns in Jiangsu Province and I’m sure there are many more poor people in China than American normally see. The real China is different from the one you see from The 2008 Olympic Game or 2010 world expo. Millions of people still live below the poverty line in rural areas.

The first one was taken in summer 2008 during my trip to a primary school in Xuyi county in Jiangsu Province. The scene is the only class room for all students in this primary school from grade 1 to grade 6. The roof leaks and eight students share one desk.

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The second picture is the headmaster and the only teacher there. Mr. Ye has been teaching there for 10 years. His salary is 200RMB($28) per month. During my interview he said that he would like to dedicate his life to the education of kids in rural China. Teachers are in great demand there but not a single university graduate is willing to go due to the poverty which has haunted the villagers there for decades.

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