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Orlando Kelm Discusses Global Trends from Beijing

By Orlando Kelm from KNOW

Orlando Kelm is the associate director of business language education for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Pictured left, Kelm plays the san xian at the Simatai section of the Great Wall in China.

I write these brief remarks from Beijing, where we are recording video interviews in preparation for some new online teaching materials that will be used for students in international business, language and culture.

Why is study abroad important for students?

There are two completely different worlds here in China. Yesterday, for example, I stopped at a small restaurant for lunch in a part of town that is less traveled by tourists. There were no English translations or pictures to help with the menu. In the end I ordered fānqié jī dàn miàn (tomato and egg with noodles). It was delicious, and the perfect example of what piping hot really means. The whole lunch cost me $10 RMB, about a buck and a half. Today I found myself at a Starbucks in Beijing. More than $30 RMB for a cup of coffee. Read the full story.

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