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Name: Kaixi Wang (Kassie) #10036067
Class: ES4E-1F
Date: 18 March 2013
Instructor: MS Jansen

Name: Kaixi Wang (Kassie) #10036067
Class: ES4E-1F
Date: 18 March 2013
Instructor: MS Jansen

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Logbook

Introduction to Dutch Culture and Society

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Logbook

Introduction to Dutch Culture and Society

1. My Impression of Netherlands
After my graduate from high school, I made a decision of continuing my further education in Europe with a personal reason of my adoration of European culture. Among all other European countries, I selected Netherlands as my destination in the end. There were plenty of reasons of my decision. First and the most important, I should think of my aunt’s long staying in Netherlands. She came to Netherlands twelve years ago with her family, it is her second hometown. Actually, I got all my first impression on this country through her. From her speaking of Netherlands, I grew up a big expectation of this country. It is a small country with trees, rivers, flowers everywhere, a country without discrimination against poor and different races, a country with least inequality and most liberality. You can see a big farm starting up before you while you are driving on the railway, you can enjoy hundreds of thousands of different flowers in different seasons. It is a peace land with nice and friendly people, an active nation with name of ‘motherland of football’, a lovely piece of land with fantastic scene of tulips and windmill. So, basically, with other knowledge of this country, I outlined Netherlands as a beautiful rural landscape. I thought it more like a countryside country where people live a relaxing and easy life filling with happiness. Then, more information about this country impacted on my original feeling of it. The legality of drugs and erotic services is the most confusing and unacceptable thing to me. The existence of those kinds of thing really reached my bottom line and broke my first impression of a pure country. Furthermore, I also heard some news about the anti-social activities against Muslin. Still, with all my longings and confusion, I came to Netherlands and stared my abroad life here.

2. Lectures

3.1. Lecture One
1.Which lecture did you attend?Please indicate the date and title of the lecture and its lecturer.Lecture topic: ‘Dutch Art’ Speaker: Mr Jaap NijstadDate: Tuesday, 13 NovemberTime: 16:30-18:00 hrsRoom: OV 0.43 | 2.Describe briefly the content of the lecture.In the lecture, Mr Jaap Nijstad talked about the artists and art style in Netherlands during the period of 1850s. Further, he introduced several famous artists in the Netherlands art history, for instance, Vincent Willem van Gogh, Karel Appel, Johannes Vermeer and Piet Mondrian. The most wonderful thing was that he brought a piece of ancient Dutch porcelain to class and let us view and touch it at our hands.| 3.Why did you choose this lecture? The reason that I chose this lecture is kind of personal. I individually love arts, and I know that there are and was many world well- known artists in Netherlands, especially in painting and architectural area. So, I really hoped to get more knowledge of it.| 4.Compare the topic of the lecture with the situation / a topic in your home country.Please analyse the differences and similarities, if possible.For Chinese artists, the period from 1800s to 1900s was a tragedy time. The country was in war, and Chinese people were living in miserable lives. However, the wars opened China’s gate to the outside world; and meanwhile, because of the wars, western culture crushed into China which interested Chinese educated people including the artists at that time. And this was the historical time that Chinese artists first had true access to painting oil. So at that time, there appeared many nationally famous oil...
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