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Since coming to China almost two years ago, I have made friends with many of the Chinese people and learned a lot about how their culture is different than mine. I have often been struck by how different the Chinese education system is to my own as well. The children go to school in classes of 40 or more. They each have individual desks and rarely interact with their classmates or teachers. They are taught to focus on their own studies and can easily spend hours a day studying by themselves.


When they get older, there is a strong focus on marriage and finding a husband or wife as quickly as possible, so they can start a family. This is almost considered a measure of their life's success. I decided to ask someone firsthand about their experiences in China to gain a clearer understanding. It's very easy to have misconceptions of a place you've never lived before, so I also asked her perceptions of how Western women's experiences differed in similar situations. Please meet Kitty Wong, a 29-year-old Chinese woman from Southern China.

Published in Living Vertikal

Celebrating the Confucian philosophy of Xiào...


The Dragon Boat Festival (known as duānwǔjié in Chinese) is a national holiday that occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar. The festival celebrates the Confucian philosophy of xiào; this is a term that encourages respect for one's elders and ancestors. On the whole, xiào is about taking care of and respecting your parents through action and attitude. It also encourages the person to behave in a satisfactory manner outside of the familial home in order to promote respect for the family and ancestors.


It is customary on this day of the dragon boats, people to go to the local rivers and watch teams of paddlers race against each other in long boats decorated with dragon heads. Each team paddles as fast as they can, directed by the beat of a drum, turning sharply and drifting where necessary to secure first place. Throngs of people crowd every vantage point to catch a glimpse of the races. It truly is captivating to see and the atmosphere is electrifying.

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