China Has Always Been A Distant Land Essay

1706 Words Oct 28th, 2016 7 Pages
China has always been a distant land. I knew general facts about it, but I had never spoken with someone about what it’s actually like to live there. When I would picture schools in China, the picture would be of a United States classroom, because that is all that I have ever known. When I would picture families, I would picture a white picket fences and 2.5 kids, because again that is all I have ever known. While I have always understood that China’s culture is very different from ours in the U.S. it has never really resinated with me what that actually means. I understood that China wouldn’t have the same customs, schools, families, and future plans as people in the U.S., and yet I couldn’t form a picture of what these difference would look like. Through interviewing Wendy about what her life in China looks like I was able to form a picture of what living in a vastly different culture is like. Wendy and I began using WeChat to communicate. It felt just like texting someone I knew from college or high school. She was extremely articulate, especially for someone for whom English is a second language. I believe she worked with another student, Miko, to craft her answers to me, and together they were able to very clearly answer the questions I posed for them. We ran into some communication barriers, but over all it seems she understood what I was asking and I understood what she was trying to convey to me. We ran into some barriers a few weeks in, when she stopped…

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