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My Experience as a student in China

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The year was 2009; I was bound for Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in Central Chinato study as a post-graduate student in Mass Communication having qualified as a beneficiary of Chinese government scholarship. A rare opportunity at that time and even today, I vowed to make the best out of the offer, searched thoroughly on the internet about my host-city and university- Central China Normal University, one of the best language and teaching universities in China.


Within a week after my arrival, orientation was over and classes had begun starting with a one-whole year of Chinese language course. My major was a Chinese taught program so grabbing the language was of utmost importance. This is where the fittest survives. Chinese has been well acknowledged as one of the most difficult languages on planet earth for non-natives and here I was trying to make sense out of what most would describe as hieroglyphics. Burning the mid-night candle trying to study a language as difficult as Chinese as I later realised was pointless so I devised a strategy captured in a five-point post I published on China Daily 5 Easy tricks to learning Chinese. And that is about that with language studies. It was a difficult time though, but I sailed through.

 

Talk of other experiences and that might require a whole chapter. Some of these experiences are best described as moments, also captured in another post I published on China Daily titled What are your China moments?  These experiences are not peculiar to many foreigners in China. They are moments one easily comes across or experiences’ in China. For the fun that I had as a student check my post on My love affair with Wuhan city , a satiric article that received much comments on my blog page also on China Daily.

 

Top on the highlights during my days as a student was the Wuhan University annual cultural festival. It was always a blast and you’d better not miss it. Those were awesome experiences at every single event during my four year program. It was the meeting of cultures from all over the globe, more like a UN general assembly super-hyped with a display of cultural attires, ethnic food, music and dance. It is a very colorful event that has been copied by other institutions but there is none like the Wuhan University celebrations.

 

As an exchange student we did travel a lot to scenic spots and museums which are in abundance within Wuhan’s three main districts- that is Wuchang, Hankou and Hannan. The three names come together to form Wuhan- Wu from Wuchang and han from the first three letters of the two other districts. Wuchang is the cultural and educational hub scattered with most of the schools in the city. Hankou serves as the financial and economic hub whilst Hannan is mostly dominated by manufacturing industries from cars to all things made in China.


The city is basically a revelers paradise. Foreigners missing home only need to turn around a corner to find a restaurant serving exotic dishes from around the world. It doesn’t matter where one comes from, religion or whatever, if you want halal (Muslim) dish or African cuisines you name it, you’re bound to come across a restaurant that serves something you’ll definitely like even though European and America cuisines take up the chunk of the menu at Western styles restaurants.


For a tour around the city, the city buses and metro can whisk you to-and-fro from any angle to your destination. For a birds-eye view of Wuchang I will recommend first time visitors to visit Huanghelou, the iconic ancient Buddhist building.

 


(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report mixamixa 2015-11-1 02:21
What it is like to study mass communication in China. One of the worst places in the world for journalism, no free media, many ad platforms are restricted or banned and public relations are being used to manipulate people and hide the truth.
Reply Report eddieturkson 2015-11-2 10:17
mixamixa: What it is like to study mass communication in China. One of the worst places in the world for journalism, no free media, many ad platforms are restri ...
"The Truth"....some truth are better kept than told.....but it great studying mass comm in China, more or less a revelation- here you get first-hand understanding from the horses own mouth, other than all the western "Truth" we are bombarded with from left to right.

One gets to appreciate the system well and why it does what it does to keep the over billions of Chinese people to live in harmony and not in a chaotic wesern press freedom
Reply Report mixamixa 2015-11-2 10:46
eddieturkson: "The Truth"....some truth are better kept than told.....but it great studying mass comm in China, more or less a revelation- here you get fi ...
In Finland we have the freest press in the world and we don't have chaos. Instead of chaos we have one of the best educated nation and most people are capable of critical thinking.
Reply Report eddieturkson 2015-11-2 12:06
mixamixa: In Finland we have the freest press in the world and we don't have chaos. Instead of chaos we have one of the best educated nation and most people are ...
I can't but agree with you more....you're right Finland has one of the freest press in the world, I admire the rule of law there. But the last time I checked your population was around 5.36 million....a figure not even up to the size some small cities in China.....so you will reckon that the fewer the merrier. This size of China requires the regulations that fits best for the media- to protect their choice of governance.

Press freedom is good but my friend don't be deluded that it's gonna work for everyone- our world is full of unimaginable diversities and cultures so conforming to one system of existence isn't as simple as the Fins think.
Reply Report KIyer 2015-11-2 13:10
Good blog. Gives a great feeling of your experience.
Reply Report seneca 2015-11-2 14:05
It is a pleasure to read such an upbeat account of your life in Wuhan. I like that city though I haven't been there for years.
However, just because you subscribe to the Chinese version of history telling does not mean you have to disparage the West, Western politicis, Western attitudes. In time you will see behind the facades of what you have learnt at your university. School is only a preparation for life; life follows it on its heels.
Reply Report SEARU 2015-11-2 14:52
Pleasure with life, love for China!
Reply Report mixamixa 2015-11-3 01:26
eddieturkson: I can't but agree with you more....you're right Finland has one of the freest press in the world, I admire the rule of law there. But the last time I  ...
China or any other country in the world cannot be long term success without press freedom or independent court system. Free press and independent court system make sure the governement will not be corrupt (Yes, Finland has one of lowest level of corruption too). Look how bad the corruption is in China.

Censorship and lying are not long term solutions and will not work for the educated part of the population.
Reply Report voice_cd 2015-11-3 09:57
Thanks for sharing your story here. We have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report eddieturkson 2015-11-3 11:08
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here. We have highlighted your blog.
I appreciate that
Reply Report rameshnair 2015-11-5 14:22
eddieturkson: I can't but agree with you more....you're right Finland has one of the freest press in the world, I admire the rule of law there. But the last time I  ...
what fits for Finland .. doesnt necessary be a fit for China.

Democracy in the middle east ! Way to go America :p

Nice article as always buddy.
Reply Report samlam 2015-12-24 11:38
It is an unforgettable experience in China.
Reply Report eddieturkson 2015-12-24 15:09
China is my wonderland....lol

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