In the beginning, I would reply that I am Vietnamese, but then I realized they would think I was actually from Vietnam.
China. Vietnam. Before I came to college, I knew I wanted to study abroad.
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As soon as we stepped off the airplane, we were constantly immersed in the Chinese language and culture. As a girl from small town Iowa, I had never been out of the country before, much less than fly on a plane. I decided to study Chinese my freshman year in order to fulfill my language requirement for my IS major.
During our trip, we made a lot of comparisons between our home and host countries. December 20th, Reflections on Race and Ethnicity.
Most Americans stereotype China as some huge, scary Communist country, but I never really felt like I was in danger while I was in China. When I found out about the Iowa in Tianjin summer program, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to start studying abroad.
While I do love America, there are some things I envy about Chinese culture. My first week in China was confusing, to say the least.
During my first year of college, some people mistook me as Chinese, but most people can guess Vietnamese from my last name. I guess I should have mentally prepared to mistaken as Chinese more because from the moment I stepped into the boarding room, a Chinese lady asked me in Chinese, of course to help her read her boarding ticket.
My name is Diane Pham. Diane Pham.
Race and Ethnicity Abroad. There was no one to translate everything our tour guide and new teachers said, so at least for the beginning, us first year student gave blank stares and pretended to understand while trying to rely on our fellow students in the more advanced classes to translate.
For example, everyone in China is way more honest or blunt whereas in America, people are more worried about hurting feelings. And of course, I loved how everything in China is way cheaper, tastes better, and looks cuter.
However, my confusion or hearing me speak English usually gave me away, so most of the time, they would ask to clarify if I was Chinese, or they would ask if I was Japanese or Korean. I was born in the United States, and my parents are from Vietnam.
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