QUOTE(scottshangguan @ Feb 6 2009, 03:22 AM)
I've been sorting this out with parents, they want me to do a semester of study, probably learn Mandarin, see if i want to stay in china, then after that apply for the universities and graduate that hopefully haha
The educational, not to mention the medical system here is totally different than in the west. If you did get a degree in Medicine here, it would be of no use in the west.
I couldn't agree with your parents enough! (god, I can't believe I said that, I must be getting old) I love this country so much and it is my home, but the cultural difference between it and other countries is HUGE! Many people cannot cope with it. Many of the cultural aspects of China are the complete opposite of the west, and most westerners here find everyone rude, and the Chinese find the westerners to be rude. The biggest trick is to constantly remind yourself that it is a different country and let things go. It is hard for many visitors. If you truly want to live here, and I whole-heartedly suggest you do, try it out for at least a year to get a feel for it. When you do, try to not make many, or any foreign friends. Do your best to make Chinese friends. First, you will get to experience real China, and secondly you will be amazed at how quickly your Chinese will improve. The mistake I think most foreign students make is to always hang out with foreigners and speak English, and watch western movies and eat hamburgers. They do it because it is safe, comfortable, and familiar, and it also helps prevent culture shock. The problem is that they live in their own little bubble and never actually see China. That is a waste!
If you are interested, when you tour China, try to stop in Guilin. I will show you around and introduce you to my friends, show you how the locals really live, and it might help you get a better picture too. Please feel free to shoot any questions my way.
Yeah i've heard about the education being very different, i am not fussed about being unable to get a job here, i know i will love china so if i get a job there once the degree is complete that is perfect, i will work hard.
I understand it may take a bit for me to get used to the cultural differences but i've always been interested in china and it's culture, i respect it and believe i will come to appreciate it and fit in quickly.
Thank you for the great tips, they have helped, it makes total sense to make chinese friends, i would love that. As for the living, i love chinese food (i've been to a few traditional restaurants not the 'takeaway' standard typical in western countries) i rarely eat food like burgers anyway so that will be no worry
I'm going to do my best to see china when i travel there end of this year, then i will further my education there and hopefully my whole life, i know i will love china, it's always been part of my interests ever since i was little.
I'd love to visit you if i am around Guilin, you have been a great help on this, i bet you'd be an even greater help in person
The only question i have is: As being a westerner, if i got a degree (same as the chinese people) there in china would i have the same rights/chances at getting a job? (once i am able to live there)