Ha Li Bo Te

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2011

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Flag of China  , Jiangsu,
Monday, April 11, 2011

Today, I had three classes and it was the first day of a planned two weeks of watching Harry Potter.  When I first started teaching last semester, I scratched Harry Potter from my drafted schedule because I realized we wouldn't be able to watch it in one class period, and I thought it was slacker-ish to spend two weeks of a fifteen week semester watching films.

However, my morals have slackened this semester and we are, indeed, spending two weeks in each of my classes watching the Harry Potter films.  I've decided to alternate between the fourth and sixth films so that I don't have to watch the same one eight times in a row.  The choice of the fourth and sixth was mostly chance, although the fourth is my favorite of the films.  (The seventh is my favorite of the books.)

Most of my students have seen at least one of the Harry Potter films but haven't read the books.  Most Chinese university students don't do much independent reading.  I think it's mostly because they are overworked, but there's also a disturbing lack of awareness of the importance of the arts.

The title of this entry is the Chinese rendering of the name "Harry Potter," chosen for its phonetic similarity.  I like it.   
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