Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Surveying Americans (team California)

On July 7th we went to interview local people to find out something about American culture. Our group has four members: Amy, Boby, Neo and me. We went to Engineering and science library, where we asked questions to an American-Born Chinese and a black man. The “ABC” was a high school student who was studying math in the library. He was confident about himself, since when Boby asked if he was the most talented student in the school, he immediately admitted. It is a little different from occasions in China. Modest are considered as a matter of courtesy there and most people take it for granted that one shouldn’t regard himself as the best. But I really appreciate his action because he gave the opinion directly. As for Chinese culture, he was interested in Chinese high school study. We shared our experience with him and found out students in America have a shorter required study time.
The second person we interviewed was a black man named Mark. He was working then to persuade people to denote blood. What impressed me the most was his favorite thing to do in Columbus. He said he made a TV show about ethnic handcrafts, which was made by people from a variety of countries, such as India and Africa. I thought his work was attractive, since cultural diversity was likely to be displayed in this form.
Although temperature was high and the sun always burnt, we were delightful to communicate with native Americans. People we met were friendly and cooperative. They provided me with another angle to view ourselves and we got a better understanding of the natives.

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