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Literature & Language
Cultural International Experience, Including Birth Country (Speech Presentation Sample)
international experience, including birth country, study abroad, extended travel
My Background: I'm an international student from China, and I'm currently studying at the US
Hello everyone! I was born and raised in China, and I must say my international experience has been worthwhile. Not only have I been able to understand the how the Chinese culture compares with the Western world, but I have also learned to embrace the uniqueness of other people. There are many aspects in the US society that significantly differs from those in the Chinese society. I feel privileged to have the first hand experience of these differences. Today, I am going to share with you my international experience, particularly on how life in the US compares to the life back in China.
Coming to the US and studying here has opened my eyes on many fronts. A major aspect of our lives, no matter one`s location is communication. In one way or another, we have to communicate, to understand others and also to be understood. I find it interesting that the way we communicate back in China is significantly different from the communication here. I find that people here are upfront and direct in they speak. It takes time for one to understand that the being upfront and direct with one another is a way of life here. While people here debate and argue out about their ideas, the case is different back in China as one would just nod whether or not they agree with your opinion. Therefore, in my experience here I have learned to be more direct in delivering my opinions and thoughts.
During my time in the US, I have also learned interesting things about people’s ambitions and how they are viewed by the society. In America, people tend not to care much about the view of the society. This is completely different to what happens in China. Back there, we care very much about other people around us, perceive us. The actions of people depend to a great extent on how they will affect family and friends. As such, the perception of friends and family dictate significantly the way one lives their lives. However, my experience in the US makes me believe that many people do not care that much about the opinions of others. There is more focus on personal ambitions and goals rather than what the society wants. I believe this is necessary for one to achieve personal goals and dreams. By following what one thinks is right for them rather than what the society expects, I think one can be driven to be successful. However, I would like to appreciate the collectiveness of the Chinese society. I think it is worthwhile to base one’s dec...
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