Welcoming Student Guests From Shanghai

Welcoming Student Guests From Shanghai

Students celebrated the Lunar New Year in February in Hathaway House by making dumplings, playing games, and spending time together. Joining them were nine Chinese students and their chaperone, who had all arrived from Shanghai as part of Milton’s new China exchange program. The visiting students attend the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University and were staying with student host families for their two-week visit.

This exchange program was organized by Shimin Zhou, a modern languages faculty member. During their stay, the Chinese students visited Boston sites including the JFK Presidential Library, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Faneuil Hall. They also toured the campuses of Boston College and Harvard University, had lunch at Head of School Todd Bland’s home, and spent time attending classes with their student hosts.

In late May, nine Milton students traveled to Shanghai and shadowed their counterparts during classes and school activities, attended a variety of cultural events, and explored the exciting historical and cultural sites around Shanghai. In the third week, students traveled to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and to Beijing to visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Shimin and faculty member Xiaolu Shi accompanied the students on the trip.

The Food Issue

In this issue we celebrate the world of food. In putting it together, we visited alumni at farms as close as Mattapan and as far away as Downeast Maine. We spoke to chefs who’ve chosen diverse culinary paths and to alumni who, during challenging times, created a platform for sharing recipes and memories that are keeping them closer together. These stories help remind us that food nourishes not only the body but also the soul, keeping friends and families close. As the renowned food writer MFK Fisher wrote: “I think our three basic needs for food and security and love are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.” The stories and individuals featured in this issue echo that sentiment.