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  •  Chinese culture is not wrong, just different

    Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 10:43 PM

    It has been almost a month since I have arrived in Shanghai. As soon as
    I got off the plane at Pudong International Airport, the humidity and
    heat stuck me. The weather here is very different from the Bay Area back
    home. As preparation for my study abroad, I attended a talk called
    “Cultural Shock and Transitional Issues” during my first week here.
    One main point I took away from the talk was that the Chinese culture is
    “not wrong, just different.” Being in a different environment, it is
    easy to compare it with what we are use to. However, who is to say what
    is right and what is wrong, it is just different.

    With those words, it is important to keep an open mind. Keeping an open
    mind and trying to get to know the culture with a welcoming thought
    makes the experience a whole lot better.  Thus, I began to explore the
    city with a different mindset.

           As I started to adjust to the new environment, I also had
    transitional issues. Getting use to weather, food, and people here took
    a few weeks. For example, the traffic and walking on the streets took a
    while to get use to. Because Shanghai is one of the biggest and most
    developed cities in China, the population and traffic are also in great
    numbers. A difference I have noticed between Shanghai and California is
    that many travel by bikes and motorcycles. These bikes and motorcycles
    turn corners quickly, so walking on the sidewalk and crossing streets
    require extra attention.

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