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Gabriel Wacks


Hi! My name is Gabriel Wacks, and you found my bio! I'm from Skokie, Illinois, which is a quaint suburb north of Chicago. I'm a Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where I study East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Chinese (Mandarin) and a minor in history (because who needs employable skills?) This semester, I'm studying in Shanghai on the 21st Century City program, courtesy of the Alliance for Global Education. I'll be studying Chinese, Politics, and Chinese Domestic and Foreign Policy. Join me as I stumble through Shanghai, China's largest city, attempting to master the Chinese language, meet exciting, new people, and make Shanghai my home. (Or watch me fail comically for your amusement.)

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May 31

Shanghaied, Chapter 14: How to get on the United States Customs Watchlist

Somehow, against all odds, the year is coming to a close. I feel like I’ve simultaneously been in China for only a few weeks, and also for years.

May 25

Shanghaied, Chapter 13 (Independent Travel, Part 3): The Great and Terrible Yak Man

As I write this, I’m confronted by the difficulties of describing scenes of stunning natural beauty. Nothing I say will ever do it justice. But I’ll do my best.

May 13

Shanghaied, Chapter 11 (Independent Travel, Part 1): The Fanciest Noodles

               What does a stressed, exhausted, broke Alliance student do during spring break in Shanghai?

               Perhaps rest up for a few days? Explore the local area? Go to the beach, enjoy the newfound sun, and begin studying for rapidly-emerging finals?



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ABOUT Gabriel Wacks


University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


East Asian Languages and Cultures


Shanghai, China

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