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论坛地址：http://www.ltaaa.com/bbs/thread-213662-1-1.htmlI just saw this post that reminded me that the book River Town originally inspired me to come to China. It was given to me by a friend of my cousin who had spent some time here and it really affected me.
What was your turning point?
Took Chinese as a foreign language while in college. Wanted to continue learning.
[–]ragnarussGreat Britain 10 points 4 months ago
Made a good friend on Reddit who was Chinese, became very close, decided to come to china for a visit, before coming made more and more Chinese friends. Got girlfriend. Decided fuck it, why not go live there.
[–][deleted] 2 points 4 months ago
Teach him to fish in China, and he has some sort of poisoning or cancer pretty quick.
Qw3rtyP0iuy 0 points 4 months ago
I Googled "marrying a Chinese girl" and found Google found 670,000 results.
MiddleKingdomLife comes to mind as well.
When I was in 6th grade I studied the history of ancient Egypt in my social studies class. I was particularly fascinated by the hiroglyphics the Egyptions used before Arabic. They evolved from pictures to symbols repesenting words-- sound familiar?
Fast forward to junior year of college. I was working as a dishwasher at a Japanese restaurant. It was while working there that I developed an interest in Asian culture. The owner of the restaurant, an old lady from Japan, invited me to come along with her grandson and her and stay in her home in Tokyo for a couple weeks. I was captivated by Japanese culture and decided I wanted to one day live and work in Asia.
Senior year I decided I wanted to study abroad. I had considered Japan but realized that, with a major in Business Management, studying a pretty obscure language didn't seem to make much sense. I also felt that I should study in a place a bit less developed for a better cultural experience. I chose Shanghai. Granted, Shanghai turned out to be much more modern than I anticipated, but I loved it. I lived with a Chinese host family, studied at East China Normal University for a semester and returned home determined to return.
About six months after graduating I found myself without any great employment options and came to China for opportunity. That will be a year ago this April. What motivates me now is interest in the language, watching a country transform and personal and professional developement. Sometimes I wonder if it's too late for me, did I miss the boat? But I feel in my heart that I've made the right the decision. To paraphrase a quote by Steve Jobs, follow your heart and it will take you where you need to go. Thanks Steve.
TL;DR: Fascination with the language, career opportunities and watching a country tranform itself into a major global force to be reckoned with.
fligsEuropean Union 6 points 4 months ago
took a gap year after high school to study chinese. China is just magical and I love that everything is a bit fucked up. Went to Uni in Asia and then back to China. Never want to leave again.
PerrierAndSaltines 6 points 4 months ago
I know a lot of people see the Confucius Institutes as a flexing of China's "soft power" and as villains, but if it weren't for the local Confucius Institute I would never have taken Chinese in high school nor would I have gone to China two years ago for (virtually) free. And I never would have become a history major and discovered how much I love studying China!
ZhinenglaowaiBest Korea 5 points 4 months ago
A confucius institute is what got me into China as well, and where I met a ton of lifelong Chinese friends.
MufasaSimba 6 points 4 months ago
Another shout-out for the Confucius Institute out of Arizona State. It helped funnel the resources to make Mandarin Chinese one of the most popular programs in the school of foreign languages here.
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Really? I took a Mandarin class with a visiting mainland professor and 3 other students. In the 2nd semester, the other 3 dropped the class and I effectively had 1-on-1 tutoring. My college was very small, but still...
GlassAndOneHalf 6 points 4 months ago
I've been very interested in China ever since I started learning about the characters. I find them to be very intricate and beautiful. Hopefully I'll be going to China next year to study (if not, Taiwan!) - I can't wait to be able to immerse myself in the culture.
monkcarryshitAustralia 3 points 4 months ago
Most people I know would spend their gap year in Europe or north America, at this time China seemed like an interesting alternative so I decided to come for a mount to travel. I stayed for 4 months and thought to myself that I just loved the culture and the people that I wanted to return. I'm proud of Home but I think it is better when you want to settle down. I returned after university and have been in China since. Much longer than I though but well worth it.