In other English news:
Do Chinese teachers applaud creativity? I had a oral exam today for which I took 30 mins to prepare for (notes, ideas for topics to address, an opening and closing sentence). Most students write extensive essays which they memorize (read: they spend hella more than 30 mins). Today’s topic: Sale Culture in America (美國的減價文化)。
Instead of going the usual route and talking about big Day-After-Christmas sales, I decided to use my limited vocabulary to address consumerism in America. I talked about how kids lack advertising education. I talked about how Vermont has a no-billboard rule. I talked about the environment, local movement, and those folks who collectively decided not to buy anything for a year.
I clearly had a lot of “um’s” and “zhe ge’s” and “na me’s.” But the teacher was impressed with my unprepared but rather passionately creative response.
I want to know whether I as an individual impressed the teacher or my content impressed the teacher. Why? Because you’d be surprised how interesting native Chinese people find a half-Chinese person whose been to China. Fascinated by looks, experience, lack-of-ability to speak Chinese all factor in to why native Chinese are sometimes charmed by my existence. Don’t believe me? Go ask any of the other half-asian kids in who are taking Chinese this summer.