By Yoon, Ji young 기자2015.08.31 21:07:25
-What I Have Learned from Exchange Student Life in China-
By Hong, Sung-jin, Senior
Dept. English Language and Literature
In February of the last year, my flight landed at the Changchun airport, China. Even though I was poor at Chinese, I decided to study at Jilin University in China due to the fact that it was such a great opportunity. However, I regretted this decision just as soon as I arrived there. It was chilly cold, and the dormitory had no available room for me so that I had to find another. Furthermore, taxi drivers refused to give me a ride because of my large luggage; these made me feel being alone out there. There were few people who speak English or Korean, so I could not ask others for help.
Suddenly, three Chinese students came to me asking, “Where are you going? Do you need help?” I was nervous because I thought that they may have been ill intended. Later, I found that they were not malicious at all, but were just kind enough to help a stranger who was in trouble. They took me to the dormitory and we became good friends with each other.
In fact, the Korean Wave has attracted fans around the world, and China is no exception. Most Chinese people are interested in Korean language and culture, and they are usually friendly toward Koreans. Whenever Chinese noticed that I am a Korean, they smiled and asked me lots of things which have to do with Korea. During the summer vacation, I went on a train trip around China. One day, a woman noticed that her seat is next to me, then she shouted saying, “Wow! I am so glad that I sit next to a Korean! I must take a photo with her!” Nevertheless, I think that Koreans seem to have negative perceptions of Chinese. I firmly believe that, to become more global, we must work with an open mind, explore other cultures, and understand their points of view. I met some Japanese friends there, and we sometimes discussed historical and social problems between Korea and Japan which are sensitive topic for both of us. The most important thing here is that we reached a same conclusion for every discussion: “We are good friends anyway.”
The KNU Times