|My Japanese friends and I take on Beijing|
I have a class called Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society that discusses issues in Chinese society that have an impact on the people and their culture. This class, like my Chinese class is also very diverse. Each class is discussion based and covers a specific topic for that week. The professor is very intentional about asking people from all different cultures how their home country views each topic. In an academic setting, it has been an awesome opportunity to be able to explore how different cultures view certain cultural issues.
|My pals from Indonesia, China, and Vietnam|
I was hesitant to move beyond my group of American friends at first, but quickly realized that it would be virtually impossible not to. I found myself asking the question “那是哪国人?” much more than I thought I would have to ask people where they were from. Some students are here only for a semester or for the year, while some will be here for their undergraduate and even graduate studies.
|The Global Business Program kick-off!|
Every week I have the opportunity to be involved in the East China Normal University “Global Business Project” a cooperative between the Chinese school of Business and the Global China Program for international students. We have the opportunity to interact with students from all over the world to accomplish projects, hear from keynote speakers, and build relationships.
|So many countries, too little time…|
The best experience I have had with my international friends was on my trip to Beijing with the Global China Program. There had to have been at least 40 different nationalities represented. Being able to make memories and see some of the most beautiful sights in the world with people from all over the world is an opportunity I wouldn’t give up for anything.
|Where it all began; Chinese class.|
Matthew M. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Shanghai, China. He is currently a junior studying Global Business at Cedarville University.
Matthew Miklas is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO Blogger in Shanghai, China, and is currently studying at Cedarville University.