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Internship Aftermath - How My Perspectives Have Changed

The internship I did this summer was through my university's international internship program. And its purpose is to give students an opportunity to engage in international experiences.

You may ask, "How is this an international experience if you are going back to your home country?"

It is true that China is my home country. I was born and raised there until I moved to Canada with my family at the age of 15. After having lived in Canada for nearly ten years, though, I've lost many of my Chinese ways. I am very much integrated into the Canadian society to the point that I honest feel more Canadian than Chinese.

Moreover, I left China when I was still a young teenager. This time, I returned as a well-educated student and critical thinker who have both Canadian and Chinese experiences. I sort of needed to readjust to the Chinese way of life. And that changed my perspective in many ways.

The most notable example is of the notion of private space. I used to think that people in China are so rude because when they line up, they don't leave any space between them and the people in front of them. I always thought that the Canadian way is much more civilized and polite.

But now I realized that in China sometimes it's just not practical to leave plenty of space. The large number of population leaves people with no choice but to line up against each other. If they leave too much space in between, the line would go on forever.

So, lesson learned: before you criticize and pass judgments, know the culture and context first. That way, you will find yourself much more open-minded.

Posted by AndyXia 16:00 Archived in Canada

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