Mary Minor

Trinity University
Beijing - Contemporary China & Chinese Language

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!

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May 15, 2017

This semester has been filled with me constantly saying, “I can’t.” Honestly, I have surprised myself in more ways than one. Being back home in Texas, I have had time to reflect on my semester abroad in China.

May 3, 2017

There’s so much that I have learned about China in these short few months, but there’s also so much still to learn. Like most things, studying abroad in Beijing has positive and negative qualities. All in all, I’m happy to have studied in Beijing even if I experienced some difficulties along the way.

April 19, 2017

Like everything else, my Chinese is slowly getting better and better. I can’t believe how much everyone’s Chinese has improved and how easy it is to switch between both English and Chinese!

April 12, 2017

Every day is a new day with different things and different challenges. However, in Beijing things are starting to feel normal as each day flies by. 

April 5, 2017

For this DIY travel weekend I went back to Wuhu, my birth city. I saw a lot of things I wanted to see like the orphanage, places to shop, and other popular parks. All in all, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel back and will bring my family the next time I visit!

March 18, 2017

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. 

March 12, 2017

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?

March 5, 2017

Going through security checkpoints in Yunnan was an experience I won't forget. Once again it seems that being a Chinese American in China has both advatanges and disadvantages. 

February 24, 2017

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. 

February 5, 2017

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. 

February 2, 2017

I attended two temple fairs and I describe my experiences attending both fairs in this post. Needless to say, I am still unsure of what exactly a temple fair is! 

January 27, 2017

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.

January 19, 2017

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.

January 14, 2017

Being on an airplane on a fourteen hour flight was quite the experience. With the food, people, and entertainment, it is something a change that is both different and refreshing at the same time.

December 30, 2016

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.