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"YingHua in Beijing" Honors Program Journal

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9/12/2005


by Bonnie on 0000-00-00

Hi there!! THANK you for starting the Journal!
I like what you guys have written!! It's a very good start. It's good that you get to meet everyday and use the Internet regularly.
Document anything strikes you everyday will leave a trail of when your mind and soul have been - when you look back 6 months from now.
You will be amazed by how much you have observed and understood. There's a front-page article on September 8 on Wall Street Journal, which is read by millions of business people. In the article, it raised an issue as how to understand Chinese thinking (6th para.). I know you'd be too busy to read the full article but just wanted you all to know what you're doing IS the trend!! The U.S. is so concerned and afraid of China, especially BECAUSE it does NOT feel that it can UNDERSTAND Chinese thinking.
You are doing JUST that - UNDERSTANDING Chinese thinking.
So, if I were you, I would not take this mission lightly - at least I'd pay enough attention to remember a few things that I'd be able to take away in the end.
When seeing something you don't like and cannot get used to, making it a habit to ask WHY and try not to be judgmental or make your own assumptions. You can ask yourself or ask the teachers or ask the other students. Then document your findings in the Journal! You will be amazed by your observations and thoughtfulness six months from now.
For instance, too many mosquitoes. WHY? Is it because it's too dirty? How? Is it because Chinese like their children to be eaten alive? How do the Chinese kids deal with them? Do they feel the same way as you do or differently? Why? How do the teachers deal with the problem? Can we make any changes?
A person, who never asks why, would not make any changes.
Another example. Chinese teachers are very strict and care about the students. WHY? Is it because this school has some best teachers? Is it because Chinese teachers are better than those in the U.S. on average? Thousands of years ago, there was a saying that, if a student was not taught strictly, it was the teacher's fault!!! Could you imagine how powerful that concept has been influencing generations of Chinese teachers over thousands of years? That is what I'd call culture!
I'm sure, if you look closely and ask intelligent questions, you'd learn a LOT. After all, try to understand WHY the people all over the world are so interested in Chinese culture.
Keep your spirit up - no matter how hard!
Could you talk about your classmates or your roommates? Have you made some new friends?
Looking forward to reading more from you!
Anxiously waiting,
Bonnie
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