Nick Seifert – May 30, 2015
To start off today we went to the Shanghai House of Pepperdine University. Pepperdine calls all their oversees studies “Houses”. Here we met three individuals. Ryan, an American and one of many of Dr. Usrey’s former students here in China, is a professor at this branch and also has a company that deals in old Scottish golf clubs in giving the Chinese an experience in the history of golf, which is a sport that has only been in China for 20-30 years. Golf is a fast-growing business in China among its wealthy. The next person was Ryan’s wife Tatiana. “Tats” worked for a marketing company called GlobeOne. This company focuses on a plethora of marketing techniques unique to China like using the power of local beliefs and myths. For example, the Chinese think ‘Crest’ is a Chinese brand. Another is brand education which is used for things like alcohol, which the Chinese use for getting drunk and never for taste or enjoyment. The Chinese need to be taught the delicacies of alcohol like wine and whiskey past drinking it to get drunk. The last presenter was Lori. She works for Eden Ministeries, which is an organization that helps girls in human trafficking, specifically in red light districts to get out. Once out, the organization will give them a job making jewelry to sell and start making a living on their own as well as sharing the love of Christ.
After our meetings we went out to eat with Ryan and got ‘Hot Pot’ at a well-renowned restaurant in Shanghai for having unparalleled customer service. For example when Ryan ordered a Coke Zero which they didn’t have, they sent one of their employees to a local store to buy one, bring it back, and then serve it to Ryan. Hot Pot is basically a Chinese fondue. It is boiling water with spices that you drop meat or vegetables into and then attempt to fish them out of the pot when they are cooked using chopsticks. For some people this was easy; for me this is like brain surgery with one hand tied behind my back and no formal training. Either way the food was delicious and we all had a great time!
The last part of the day we made our way from the restaurant to The Bund. The Bund is a place right off the river that separates a part of Shanghai that looks like England and another, as Dr. Usrey put it, “looks like buildings from outer space”. Could not have said it better myself. On the way there we stopped at a department store called “No. 1” that is completely run by the government of China (amazing), and the Peace Hotel, which is historic from where the Communist Party in Chinas was founded, and is very well-known as it is located right off The Bund. Some of the students, including myself, got into some bargaining at some local markets and got some top-of-the-line ‘knock-off watches’ for dirt cheap. Or in other words, we got watches that don’t work, but say Rolex behind the glass, and we feel great about this financial decision!