Hey everyone! I’m a junior and I currently attend Trinity University, a small school in San Antonio, Texas. I consider myself a sociologist in training, and I’m interested in learning and experiencing new cultures! This blog depicts my experiences in China, specifically Beijing, China’s capital city, a long way from home! Hope you enjoy and feel free to comment!
Going to a new country and learning how to get from one place to another is crucial. Sometimes though, one needs to make some mistakes along the way to truly master Beijing's transportation, in this case the subway system.
Even though I didn't leave Beijing, I had a great time with my roommate as my tour guide. This week I had the opportunity to see the Forbidden City, ride a bike through the city's center and shop in the Hutongs. What more could I ask for?
Hiking or any type of physical activity isn't necessarily my cup of tea. However, with the help of others, anything is possible, even getting a person who is bad at hiking up and down a mountain in one piece.
So far, Beijing has been an amazing experience. I've tried different foods, met new people, and even started speaking more to Beijing locals! The combination of the people, the classes, and the culture is why China is my perfect study abroad match.
I discuss how I racially identify myself, and how that identity shifts depending on where I am in the world. In China, people presume I am only Chinese and in the United States, I may be labeled as a Chinese, but I am able to embrace the fact that I am an American. In the end, I am the one who must decide how to identify myself- or the option of combining both of my identities.
My first full week in Beijing has been nothing less than a great adventure. I've seen new places, met new people, and have started to really consider Beijing to be my new home, although not without some misunderstandings along the way.
It's not my first time in China, but it will be the first time I studied abroad there! As a Chinese American, I face issues about being mistaken for being a fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker and will have to decide how I want to present myself and my identity.