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The Time I Was Told To ‘Go Back to Your Own Country and Improve Your English’

by guosilu - Posts (1). Posted Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Recently I went to see a movie called “Pitch Perfect” with Emanuele, one of my best American friends. “How did you feel about that?” she asked me on our way to the parking lot. We pushed the door and walked into freezing wind. “Well, yes I think that is pretty much it. It’s true,” I said. […]

What Was it Like to be a Chinese Student in 19th Century America?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Imagine the scene: “This group of boys, dressed in silk gowns, their queues flapping, was too much for New Englanders, be they small-town folk or city dwellers, to ignore. In Springfield, for example, the boys’ dinner at a local hotel was interrupted when an American woman, dining at a nearby table, stood up and wordlessly […]

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Putting Aside What’s Comfortable to Do What’s Meaningful

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

If you speak Chinese, this video that came across our Twitter feed today is well worth watching. An American Fulbrighter in China, Daniel Tedesco, speaks (to an audience including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and State Councillor Liu Yandong!) about the challenges of building connections in another country. “…too many of us spend time mostly […]

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Overcoming Stereotypes of Chinese Students: Diane’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Monday, June 4th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I met Diane Paik, a student at Michigan State University, because she was in a journalism class that was assigned to report on the increase in the Chinese student population at MSU (you might remember the class’s work from this post). As the year came to a close, I asked her what she had learned […]

American Friends Don’t Criticize (And Other Thoughts on How Friendship Differs in China and the US)

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 10:33 am

We’ve talked a lot about why Chinese and American students often don’t form close relationships on campus.  We’ve asked whether one side or the other is to blame, which cultural differences might have an impact, and even whether the admissions process has a role to play in improving relationships. Dandan, who is from China and […]

Ask Tara: Relationship Advice from a Chinese and American Perspective

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 10:42 am

My best girlfriend, who is Chinese, is dating an American classmate.  If you’ve been reading this blog, you already know that I am also dating an American, so she has been using me as her own personal relationship coach (which I am more than happy to be!). I guess other foreign students might have similar […]

A Step Towards Finding Balance Between Chinese and American Students

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Earlier this week we posted a video in which Chinese and American students talked candidly about some of the problems they encounter in forming relationships on campus. It generated a lot of discussion about the source of these tensions and what needs to be done about them.  In this article, Qian looks at the situation […]

Whose Fault is it When American and International Students Don’t Mix?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 11:01 am

Michigan State University very bravely posted this video, featuring a candid discussion among Chinese students and American students about the challenges in forming cross-cultural relationships. It prompted a lot of discussion among our bloggers over the weekend. One person said that they agree that it can be difficult to form close relationships because Chinese and […]

Not the Home of My Memories, but Still Home

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 11:28 am

We’ve been hearing a lot about how studying abroad changes your definition of home.  Olena found it difficult at first to settle back into life in Ukraine.  For Sebastian, transitioning between Kansas and Bolivia is easy, but he struggled to accept that Kansas now feels as much like home as his birthplace.  Qian too feels […]

A Critical Eye on Chinese Students in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

With the number of Chinese students in the U.S. continuing to grow, some recent news articles have turned a critical eye towards these students and their impact on U.S. colleges. The Global Post wrote the controversially-titled, “Elite Asian students cheat like mad on US college applications,” reporting: Among Asian high society, and particularly in China, […]

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Quick Take: How I Picked My English Name

by Summer - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 9:47 am

Let’s talk about something fun! English names 🙂 I’ve noticed that most Chinese students have English names, like me (Summer), but this is not the case for international students from, say Japan, the Middle East or Africa (or many other non-English-speaking countries). While having dinner with my Chinese friend in Boston and her American friends, […]

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At the Political Crossroads, Proud But Open-Minded

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 9:46 am

For international students who are studying abroad in the United States, doubtless one challenge is culture clash. However, for Chinese students, me included, there is another crucial one – political clash. Majoring in international relations, I have taken many courses that are related to Chinese politics. Tibet, Taiwan, human rights, freedom of speech and dictatorship […]

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Disability, Difference and Left-handedness in China and America

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 9:56 am

“Professor, you write with your left hand!” In my professor’s office, seeing her working with her left hand, I can’t help screaming. Since my first day in America, I have seen a great number of left-handed people: three out of my six professors are left-handed, and the left-handed amongst my classmates are more than I […]

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Don’t They Feel Cold?

by Summer - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I didn’t realize how easy it was to distinguish between real Chinese girls and ABC girls [American-born Chinese] until I came here—they don’t even have to speak a word, just from the appearance. ABC girls, most of them wear make-up like American girls do, and they dress differently from Chinese girls. I heard American girls […]

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What Does it Mean to ‘Be American’ as a Chinese Student?

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am

I’m Chinese, but kinda American. Since August 16, 2008, the day I arrived in the United States, I have been asked thousands of times, “Where are you from?” For most Chinese students studying abroad, the automatic answer would be, “Yea, China of course!” However, for some, it is not as simple as the nationality presented […]

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