Different people with different ideologies
I’ve been looking forward to this expedition for almost half a year, and after buying way too many travel adapters and trying to pick up some useful Chinese phrases, I’m experiencing the real China.
I have never flown outside of the states, felt what it’s like to be a minority, or been to a place where English isn’t the primary language,
That’s what this trip is all about for me finding out how more than 1.3 billion people live and experiencing it from a westerner’s prospective.
It feels different here.
It’s not just the culture or climate, you can see it in the landscape that has been artificially crafted to appeal to a different people with different ideologies than I’m use to back home.
My home is half a world away in a small town on the Susquehanna River in north central Pennsylvania called Montoursville.
It’s a town like many in the states where the primary focus is on the individual and how they can get ahead without concern for the government, tradition, or one’s neighbors.
It’s like that, because of our country's deep-seeded capitalist ideals.
But here people seem to be interested in your comfort and they live together as a group designed to better each other.
In that way the students here at Shandong University of Technology share living quarters with eight people and find a way to live together, where as I’m sharing the same living space with only one other person.
— Morris Longo, a sophomore business management major