Doing Business in China

Photo journal from two weeks in the PRC

For my last class of my MBA experience, I enrolled in a two-week international elective – called Doing Business In China – through Arizona State University and Peking University. The course featured stops in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, with a mix of lectures from Peking University professors, company visits, sight-seeing tours, cultural activities and lots and lots of great food.

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Photos: #WHPlookingup

Under the tracks #WHPlookingup

Every Friday, Instagram rolls out a Weekend Hashtag Project to give photographers a theme to shoot for over the weekend.

And despite the lingering bad taste in my mouth after Instagram’s botched Terms of Service update a few weeks ago, I still have fun participating.

This past weekend – just before a chilly morning run around Tempe Town Lake – I posted a couple photos for the Weekend Hashtag Project Looking Up (#WHPlookingup) theme.

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Creepy reminder from Instagram

Motel 1

The filters and effects drew me in. The user interface and design wowed me. But the community and the creativity keep me coming back every day.

I check Facebook and Twitter for the news, but I go to Instagram for fun.

My feed seems cleaner and more interesting, with much less of the stuff that I routinely tune out (like ads, promos and app activity). Granted I am following less people on Instagram, but most of them seem to put some thought and care into their photos (although food and cat pics are inevitable on any platform, not that there’s anything wrong with that).

I also enjoy Instagram’s weekend hashtag projects. A few weeks ago, I had fun posting entries to the motel-themed project, and found myself thinking very highly of Instagram and felt appreciative for the creative outlet.

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