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10th Grade Excursions

This year, the Concordia Fund has provided the resources for our 10th graders to connect their World History curriculum to the history of Shanghai. 10th graders will have three outstanding days of field trips around our great city to enhance their understanding of the past through a present day exploring of Shanghai. A special thanks to the Social Studies department for making these trips possible!

Day 1: At Concordia - Learn about each excursion and complete pre-field trip preparation. 

Day 2-4: Three days of excursions! Students will cycle through each trip in groups of 20-25. 

Day 5: - At Concordia - Students will debrief and reflect on their experiences. 

Students should bring a backpack, water bottle, and lunch money (or a packed lunch). 

Note: Trips itineraries are subject to change.


Trip A will challenge students to think about the development of the city of Shanghai from several perspectives. We will be riding the metro during the morning rush hour to People’s Square in order to experience the commute of most of Shanghai’s workers.  The average number of daily metro use is 10 million rides!  We will then get dumplings north of People’s Square, look at what was once the tallest building in Afro-Eurasia,  and check out the park culture of Shanghai through People’s Park. Students will then visit the Urban Planning Museum, which represents the state’s narrative regarding the development of Shanghai.  We will then move to the globalized neighborhood surrounding West Nanjing Road, where we will get some authentic Brooklyn pizza, before continuing to Shanghai’s first modern skyscraper, Jin Jiang Tower along Changle Lu in the Former French Concession.  We will use NPR correspondent Rob Schmitz’ book, “the Street of Eternal Happiness”, to contextualize the economic disparities that have resulted from Shanghai’s astonishing development. Finally, we will arrive at the Propaganda Poster Art Center, where propaganda posters from the last 100 years of Chinese history have been preserved.

Trip B is designed to tell the tale of the political and governmental story of Shanghai, as well as offer cultural insights into the city. Students will access a variety of politically and culturally significant locations within their city. The trip starts with the traditional cultural setting of a morning in Fuxing Park. After which the students will travel to the site of the Provisional Korean Government in Shanghai and then move to the Former Residence of Sun-Yat Sen and the site of the First Communist Congress Museum. The students will then bus to the LongHua Temple and LongHua Memorial Park to see the largest and most complete authentic ancient temple complex in Shanghai. The trip will then walk through LongHua Memorial Park of Revolutionary Martyrs to see the art and statues created to honor those that died protecting the “founding of the People’s Republic of China” The trip will end at the Yuz museum where student will get to interact with “experiential art” in the Rain Room - thus bookending the trip with traditional Chinese culture to start the day, and and with a cultural experience depicting the impact of modern globalization on Shanghai.

Trip C is a natural extension of students’ study in both their history and literature classes this year.  Students have studied the historical context of the Holocaust and also examined this ultimate violation of human rights through reading Night by Elie Wiesel.  Foreign dominated Shanghai was once one of the very few cities worldwide that allowed for migrants to arrive without official papers or a visa. This led to Shanghai becoming a haven of last resort for some of the most persecuted groups of people of the early 1900s, such as the White Russians and European Jews. This trip will trace the history of Jewish Shanghai, from the early waves of Jewish immigration that saw financiers and industrialists like Victor Sassoon acquire fortunes and build the Bund, to the stories of Jewish refugees living in the Hongkou Ghetto under Japanese occupation during the Second World War.

Whole Class Trip - We all spend a lot of our time in Pudong, the area of Shanghai east of the Huangpu River.  This part of the city simply did not exist 30 years ago and is is the creation of monumental urban planning, a rising economy,  huge investments, and the labor of millions.  On this trip, students will examine the development of Pudong, its place in the global economy, and the questions of sustainability in a quickly industrializing and globalizing world.  Students will visit an organic farm in order to discuss the implications of process such as the Green Revolution and the sustainable food movement which has risen in protest to those agricultural development. Students will see the continuing development of Pudong all the way out to the East China Sea as central planners build up apartment blocks in seemingly far-flung districts.  Students will come close to Yangshan Port, the largest container port in the world, sitting over 30km out in the ocean, where over 30 million shipping containers are moved through each year. Students will ride the world’s fastest commercially operated train and consider the technological, economic, and political implications of this engineering wonder.  We will then visit the underground market at the Science and Technology Museum to discuss economics and globalization before returning to Jinqiao to look at our own neighborhood from a global perspective, informed by our travels all over this fascinating city.