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1987/1988 was a strange year, indeed! Perestroika was going on in Russia, and while they aimed for political reforms, the ongoing economic reforms in China had already yielded more results. We did not discuss politics with our East German classmates, but who would have thought that the Berlin Wall would come down only a bit more than a year later? While the student protests in Beijing would be crushed mercilessly?

In this environment of change I experienced an amazing year of my life that has shaped me more than I will ever know. Although I did not pursue a career in or related to China I don’t regret or want to have missed spending this year there, during this time.

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