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    Posted April 6, 2014 by
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    Life in China

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    China Study Abroad Pt. 1

    Two weeks ago, our dear First Lady Michelle Obama summoned young US students to submit their study abroad journeys and related questions. I was astonished to learn the enormously small percentage of US students studying abroad worldwide. However, after discovering these students' CNN iReports and their unparalleled adventures, I felt overcome with nostalgia of my 2011 expedition to the Far East.
    So, I dove through hours of video clips and vivid memories I had gathered from 2011-2012, walking through the illustrious Peking University, gazing at the scenic beauty of Chinese sites, and enjoying the night adventures with my study abroad family. From this time of reflection emerged this first segment of my life in China, attached with a tiny hope to revive my childhood passion of journalism.
    As some of you may know from my first iReport, "Wanderlust and Challenge," I left high school with a desire to challenge myself with the most complex language possible, after polishing my Spanish and French. And, I wanted to distance myself as far away from my Latin American roots as possible. Thus, the mystique and special history of China captivated me. The intricate Chinese characters--the historical transformation from imperial dynasties to a communist government--the survival of ancient traditions through wars and conflicts. After all, I regret my Latino brethren unfortunately still hold a misconceived, stereotypical outlook on East Asian society (though this is gradually improving). Maybe I considered Europe too mainstream or did not feel comfortable enough to tackle Arabic in the Middle East. Yet, while these are two regions offer a wealth of beauty, history, and cultural treasure to any student of life, China was my cup of tea.
    Thus, I hope this video inspires you and all viewers to not only understand the value of study abroad, but also consider exploring Chinese culture. In a globalizing society, we cannot deny its growing economic importance, nor the value of cultivating US-China relations.
    During some clips, I apologize for some rocky filming. Nevertheless, please feel free to share with your family, friends, or anyone passionate or curious about China. Stay tuned for the next segment in May!
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