2020年05月06日 0 本站原創
This article is written in both Chinese and English, which is convenient for teachers and students to learn and discuss English learning process together.
Story of “Returning Turtles” - Identity Problems in the Context of Diversify World – Write Your Own Journey
講述人 Guest Speaker
馬偲民 Caimin Ma
Project director of International Department of Yunnan Hanwen Education Investment Group
English teacher of Yunnan University of Business Management
Graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Major in Agricultural Consuming Economics
我的留學故事開啟于2011年，16歲的我第一次踏上了大洋彼岸的美國。留學美國七年間先后就讀于惠頓高中、伊利諾伊大學厄班納－香檳分校。就讀高中時入選全美優秀學生社團（National Honor Society）。以優異成績兩年半完成大學學業，并受到學校嘉獎，入選優秀畢業生行列。就讀期間多次獲得院長獎（Dean's List）、全州優秀學生（Outstanding Illini）、和美國總統獎（President Award）。
My story of studying abroad began in 2011. At the age of 16, my family and I decided to start a new journey, studying in an American high school. During my seven years of studying and living in the States, I have studied at Wheaton Academy and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I was a member of the National Honor Society during high school time. After finishing my college within two and half years, I was awarded by the school with honored graduates title. In addition, I have also won titles like Dean’s List, Outstanding Illini, and President Award, etc.
(Played as Libero on the High School Volleyball Team)
Looking back at my journey in America, I would say that enrolling in an American high school has significant impacts on me. It has expended my understanding of the culture and globalization. Meanwhile, I had struggles with identity issues for a long time because of that. Fortunately, this experience has enlightened my life and inspired me on how to be a responsible person. I believe that to keep your personalities and culture while adapting the global culture and start to write your own journey.
(Participated in Water Battle Activity in High School)
In American private high school, I received systematic American education, thus I have started to build more understanding on the origin and development process of the American culture. Gradually I began to understand why Americans formed the American thinking and why Americans could not understand many things from the East and so on. From the aspects of history, religion, law, culture and society, I have built deeper understanding about the United States, which helped me adapt and integrate into the local culture. Moreover, I started to realize the importance of cross-cultural adaptation courses.
（Most of My Friends in College were Asian Americans and Other Locals）
Growing up with the background, my friends in college were mostly Asian Americans and other Americans. It was not done intentionally, but I was closer to the local people in personality and cultural behaviors than my compatriots who came to the United States after graduating from high school. In such a social circle, it had greatly improved my language ability, but it also had gradually deepened my doubts about identity: I was always the “FOB” one among my Americans; similarly, among Chinese friends, I often seemed to be too American.
（Enjoy Chinese Food with Staff and Students from YUBM）
Fortunately, with my expansion of social circle, I found my identity: the“Returning Turtles”. Each of us is writing a story that belongs to ourselves because of our growing up experiences. There is no need to tangle in some labels thus forget their own culture and character. With more communications and exchanges with foreigners, I developed a deeper understanding of my own position. Growing up with the background of western education, I can use my language ability and thinking methods to better communicate with people; and growing up in my Chinese family, I can help foreign friends around me to better understand and experience Chinese culture.
Since then, a dream about education has sprouted in my heart. I hope that I can inspire more Chinese students to stand on the international stage with confidences of their language ability, skills, and culture, so that they can communicate with outstanding talents from various countries, and truly integrate into the globalized world in the 21st century, maybe even lead the future world. So after graduation, I decided to go to a training institution and start my career as an English teacher for preschool education.
（Was an English Teacher for Preschool Education in A Training Institution）
（Pictures of Our Designs）
During the same time, in October 2018, on behalf of Dianchi College of Yunnan University, I was honored to participate in the finals of the Start-ups World Cup for college students in China and won the gold medal. Our project formally combines the traditional Chinese and Western jewelry crafts, redesigns and processes the unique memory symbols and cultural characteristics of Yunnan ethnic minorities, and brings them back to our daily life.
(Team Photo after Winning the Gold Medal in China)
When I participated in the world cup in Denmark, the communication with friends from different countries strengthened my dream: I shall not only aim to inspire more students to learn English well, but also to be a part in the process of letting the world discover the ethnic minority culture of Yunnan and Chinese Culture and letting the ethnic minority culture of Yunnan and Chinese Culture reach out go the world.
(Participated in the Start-ups World Cup in Denmark)
After returning to China, I got an interview from Yunnan TV station and was broadcast as "I made Yunnan proud". I gradually realized that teaching English can only affect my students in a very small range. To achieve my dream, I should go to a bigger platform to contribute my strength.
(Interviewed by Yunnan TV, Later Broadcast on Yunnan News Channel after Returning to China)
As the largest private education group in Yunnan Province, Yunnan Hanwen Education Investment Group provides me a great opportunity to better pursuit for my dream. The ideal of building a local enterprise based in Yunnan deeply attracts me, I believe that I can better contribute to my hometown. I am a more perceptual person. I think with such a warm and caring working environment, it can inspire all the employees to strive for our own personal ideals and our common dreams.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I believe that success is yet to come if we keep ourselves and write our own journey. The multicultural world is full of all kinds of charms. I believe that when our teachers and students have received a complete cross-cultural adaptation course educationand had some overseas exchange and learning experience during their study, our teachers and students will be able to stand on the world stage confidently and spread the Chinese culture.
(Photo with Foreign Teachers and Students of Schools under Yunnan Hanwen Education Investment Group)