Mar 21, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
'Life gives you a thousand reasons to cry, so show life you have a thousand reasons to smile'
Before I came here I had many preconceived ideas about this country. Studying the Chinese culture in social psychology almost gave me a negative viewpoint on their way of life, I just couldn't understand why so many things were banned, certain subjects were not taught and why they were so sheltered to many things happening in the world. I imagined everyone to be miserable and quite serious for some reason and now I see that I was actually quite ignorant to expect this. I have never felt so looked after in a country, they have done literally everything in their power to make sure we are content going out of their way to ensure we see all the sights and have all the experiences. Everyone was allocated a buddy, we all go out together in groups and other people's buddies look after us just as much as our own do. They are very happy people and extremely welcoming, they don't get mad when you can't speak their language, infact most find it hilariously funny that you even attempt it. From talking to them I have found that family play a huge role in their lives, the families beliefs are a major influence and seem respected and the norm here. I have been told that many girls are not allowed boyfriends until university and it is important that if you are a student you dress as a student and not as a woman. Their innocence is quite endearing, I realise that they are potentially naive but I don't think this is necessarily a negative. The girls are encouraged to solely focus on education, at first I thought this must mean they are always bored but I don't think they have time to be bored with all that they get up to. They tend to not be big party animals either, they choose not to drink alcohol and prefer to have innocent fun, I have never played so many silly games since being here, I surprised myself by how much I laugh when I'm around them. Sometimes I think maybe we've adapted to a very negative way of thinking and have a certain mentality now to judge and criticise people. There hasn't been a day here when I haven't been complimented for something, back home I'd never think of complimenting a stranger, as bad as it sounds I'd be more likely to take the piss than compliment. I kinda understand now why the country restricts media etc, I'm not saying its right or wrong but its obviously keeping people blind from things that just aren't very nice, it must in a way reduce alot of problems.