Where are you from?
I’m from China. The picture is my village.
What is unique about your town in China?
In my village, most people can sing Huangmei Opera. There are five types of famous opera in China. One of them is called “Huangmei “opera. Not everyone can sing it.
What is you career plan?
I am an international student so have no job now. In the future I will be a business manager in my family company and I will have online business as a part time job.
Have you had any experiences of ‘culture shock’ in USA?
I remember the first time when I was the USA. Everybody was smiling and asking me ‘How am I doing’? They look so kind and nice. They said hi to me even when I don’t know them. I was happy a whole day about that.
What about learning English is challenging or difficult?
Learning English is challenge for me because my language is very different from English. The pronunciation, sounds, syllables are not similar. But I like the challenge.
What is one tradition in your country that we don’t celebrate in the USA?
In the USA people don’t celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. There is the custom of eating Zongzi and racing dragon boats on that day. That Festival started because of a famous person, Quyuan. This is a memory day for him.
Dragon boat races are the most exciting part of the festival, drawing crowds of spectators. The boats range anywhere form 40 to 100 feet in long. Before a dragon boat enters competition it must be “brought to life ” by painting the eyes in a sacred ceremony. The traditional food for the Dragon festival is a glutinous rice ball with a filling wrapped in corn leaves. The fillings can be anything you want. They are generally steamed.
What food do you miss from your country?
There are many foods I can’t find in here in the USA. One of them is hard to find even in my county, sweet potato noodles. That’s the food my grandma made. My mom also knew how to cook it.