New Student Photo Series 2010 – Post #28

This week we are wrapping up our summer photo series featuring submissions by incoming students.  Thank you to everyone who has participated, it’s been another great summer of photo submissions.

The first three photos were submitted Salinthip (Joyce) Tangpanjapon, an incoming international dual degree student.

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Each year on Aug 12th Thailand not only celebrates the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Regent Sirikit, but it also treats this day as the national mother’s day.  As a traditional custom, fresh flower garlands (refer to “garland”
photo) are given to Mother as a symbol of respect and love.

Moreover, as a tropical country, Thailand has many exotic plants and flowers. For instance, the pink/white lotus grows naturally in a river or lagoon, coconut trees mostly found near to the beach, and the red flower. Thai flowers are in high demand as common export product.

Pink Thai Lotus

Garland

Coconut

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And the last photo comes from Emily Loebelson, an incoming MIA student.

This photo was taken in Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, China.  The photo shows Uighur children playing in the old part of Kashgar, the westernmost city in China.  The old town is quickly being razed to make room for the construction of a new modern city.  I had been living in Shanghai for almost three years before I was able to get out to Xinjiang, and I was wandering the streets gobsmacked at this totally different civilization in western China when I ran into these lively kids.

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