Recently I played a game with some Chinese students that would help them learn more English and help me to learn some Chinese. There were several pieces of paper with either English or Chinese words written on each piece. If the word or phrase was English I would explain it to them and if it was Chinese they would explain it to me. The Chinese words they had written down to … [Read more...] about Not So Cliche
There are a lot of things a person can do in 2 days. Arriving in a country and having a profound and unique cultural experience is probably not one of them. Last weekend, November the 18th, I traveled to Seoul, South Korea for quick 2 day trip. If you caught my meaning, then you know I didn’t exactly get the chance to become immersed in Korean culture, but instead spent my time … [Read more...] about Majestic Fur
Despite China's constantly altering society and progression, they still do not celebrate the same holidays as Americans. Unfortunately, that means we did not get to see hundreds of Chinese children flooding the streets in classic costumes, Trick or Treating. However, since this campus is a branch through Missouri and has many American influences, they choose to celebrate … [Read more...] about Take Me Home… But Not Really!
I am just going to go ahead and Lay this out here.. China was and is a complete culture shock. From the smells of the street food (or bodily functions), to the views that my eyeballs have never seen before or could even imagine in my life. When I first arrived in Dalian, I immediately thought of New York.. but on steroids. I know your thinking in your mind right now, how in the … [Read more...] about An Ant on Top of an Ant Hill
I have always tried my hardest to fit in and make myself blend with the crowds around me. Unfortunately, curly hair, white skin, and an American accent make blending in a thing of the past in my new home. Standing out is a scary enough prospect within the states, but being thrown half way around the world and speaking very little of the native tongue brings scary to a whole new … [Read more...] about Sticking Out but Fitting in