Chinese Students: The importance of cross-cultural exchange to our growth.

Every year, tens of thousands of Chinese fly to the USA for their studies away from their parents.


I am one of them. This week, I am lucky to have two Chinese students to talk about how they adapted to the different culture in America.


This is Jiawei Lu’s fourth year in America. As a member of Society For Sino-American Studies, he says: “I believe Chinese culture is reticent. When we were young, we were told that modesty was a virtue and silence meant respect. Therefore, when we came here America to study, we found the classroom is totally different. We do not look so confident as American students and are not so active in raising questions or answering them.”



Weijia thinks it is not bad to follow the culture of the new environment. “Chinese students have two circles to make friends with. The first is the circle of Chinese students. The second is that of international students. If it is hard for you to make friends with American students, it is not because your English is not good enough, but because you cannot frankly accept their friendship. This may work the same way to American students. This is where the sense of distance comes.”


When Bidan Yang and Chenyan firstly arrived in America, they felt the cultural shock. Chenyan says: “The best takeaway here is I understand what I really need. When I was young, I followed my parents’ guidance and later found I was not happy with that.” “I first studied Accountancy,” says she, “but I was not much into it and was bothered. Later I told my American dorm mate and she told me to follow my heart. She said that only when I followed what I like could I keep enthusiasm. Later I switched to Theater major. This is a turning point in my life.”

“I first studied Accounting,” says she, “but I was not much into it and was bothered. Later I told my American roommate and she told me to follow my heart. She said that only when I followed what I like could I keep enthusiasm. Later I switched to Theater major. This is a turning point in my life.”



Cross-cultural exchange can help us grow in short time. Bidan says: “Chinese people stress the idea of ‘Seeing is believing’. When we think outside the box, we learn to think critically and about the other facets of a thing. When we do so, we are no longer following suit or being extreme in our views.”


Thinking outside the box, staying in a different environment to a new environment and listening to others views that we may agree or disagree. These experiences help us see our true heart.



Dr. Liulin Zhang: We should give our culture due attention.

My first blog article mentioned a special storyteller. She is Liulin Zhang, assistant professor in Chinese Culture and Chinese Language from Truman State University since 2017. She has obtained her Ph.D. from Honolulu University, beginning a transition from a student to a teacher.

我的第一篇博文请到了一位特殊的讲述者,她就是杜鲁门州立大学2017年新任中国文化和中文课的助理教授张榴林. 刚刚从檀香山大学博士毕业的她正经历了从学生到老师的蜕变


“One’ thinking is shaped by the environment. The surrounding is a culture. It is reflected in one’s speech and actions, without purpose. There is no absolute good culture or absolute bad culture.”


In her university years, she had the luck to talk at Confucius Institute, and thus developed ideas about the interaction between different cultures.


“The Confucius Institutes are at universities in different countries. But some are also available in middle schools or primary schools in communities. For many schools or areas where education is insufficient demand, Confucius Institutes are normally free of charge in teaching Chinese culture and language, sometimes with Math (smile),” said she, “it is a grand opportunity because Confucius Institutes are the birthplace of many people who understand Chinese culture and get more Americans to understand us.”

“孔子学院的基地都是在各个大学里面,但是同时也会向这个社区里面的中小学辐射。对于很多教育资金匮乏的学校或地区,孔子学院是无偿进行中国文化和中文授课的,有的时候甚至还会连带开设数学课(笑)。“ 她说 “这是一个好的契机,孔子学院确实培养出来了很多汉文化的人才,让更多美国人有机会更深层次的了解我们。”

On teaching experience, she is now teaching Chinese culture at Truman. She told me: “I believe American students are good at reflection. They are willing to understand a new culture and an unknown field and hope to form a knowledge system. This is where the difference between China and USA comes from.”



She believed we did too much on the superficial things in our class. There are only some great folklores, but these are not genuine Chinese culture.


She also said: “our courses are like a dandy person, with beauty from the face but no decency within. People may get bored of this over time. Therefore, I would want my students to see the nature from the phenomenon, not to avoid the negative element of our culture, such as the Cultural Revolution, the binding feet in ancient China, and the great firewall. Only when students experience the clashes of ideas can teaching be more effective. ”


Hi Everyone!!

Hi, Everyone!

I am super excited to introduce you my very first post!

This blog is about what I’ve experienced and what I’ve heard, listened and learned. Why would I say this? As a journalist, I enjoy traveling around, listening to other’s stories and reading a different life.


Over the four years, I have befriended many people from all corners of the world. They grow up in different cultures and they meet in Missouri because of their academic pursuit. Thanks to this opportunity, we can sit together and talk to each other.

One of my friends, who is an intense lover of travel, told me that

if you have traveled to over 100 countries, you would believe that there is no absolute wrong or right. When you see people whose behavior do not fit your idea of “right value”, you need to understand instead of criticizing.

In my blog, I will tell about stories of people coming from different countries. They come to the USA for this or that reason, to study, live and work.

You do not have to agree with them, but you need to respect. This I keep saying to myself.

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