Dear C

Thank you for the chat today C.

I got excited when you said you were from Hangzhou. I have fond memories of Zeda(Zhejiang University, ZU).  I was a visiting academic to Zeda many years ago, 2005 on.


Being presented with the appointment letter.

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Working in the lab (Yin Fangtian Laoshi)


The drawing class. This was a stunning space. The graphite on the floor was pure magic.


Thats my self portrait (not Hangzhou, this is Foshan).

Zeda was #3 in China in those days. The Industrial Design Program was within the Computer Science school. And the students spoke English even then. So in short, high caliber students – and they set a scorching pace of the teachers. They were excited, polished off huge botles of beer and were madly enthusiastic. Mark was an RMIT student who fell in love – after three months in Hangzhou – with everything Zeda. I ended up talking to him for hours in 2005, from my Drummond Street home – Mark you need to come back to complete your degree from here, I coaxed. He came back – shaking his head. His Hangzhou and ZU experience was awesome. What an amazing place.

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My Typical lunch in the canteen (I have lots of food shots). Level 1 food was incredibly inexpensive. Top floor had western food. A bit steep.

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(Dining Hall, Not my image)

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(old Campus, Not my image)

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(the architecture building, Not my image)

So keep talking to me. You have reminded me that I need to go back. To try my slowly developing Mandarin.

Published by Soumitri Varadarajan

Soumitri lives in Melbourne, Australia - #probonodesign #codesign #sustainability #patientexperience #quantifiedself #mdg

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