China: A mysterious, young girl
— Anuj Poddar, Aspen India Leadership Initiative Fellow
This past summer, a group of Aspen Fellows descended in Beijing, China for an AGLN1 Alumni Seminar focused on understanding China. As Aspen Fellows (read: above-normal IQs, I-know-it-all-attitude and very opinionated intellectuals) many of us already knew China. And yet something drew each of us to this Seminar to understand China. For, as Aspen Alumni, we know that if anything can challenge your beliefs and give you new perspectives and understanding, it is an Aspen seminar.
Let me start with an extract from my co-Aspen Fellow Tamsin Smith’s blog post the China
“It’s important and necessary to dig. No country, no culture, no people are ever what one reads about them. They are also seldom what they at first seem. I am the same way. Perhaps you are too. Listen….Imagine listening through your own life this way. What a beautiful journey that would be. The world is gesturing. True fidelity. Listen in.”