Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wrapping up my time in Germany


I was re-reading my past blog posts and noticed how horrible I sounded toward the country of China. The posts were 100% for myself and my non-readership, and I really quite openly expressed hatred and annoyance that I would never publicly admit to.

I don't think I would behave or write in such a way now, even though I know that no one reads this blog. I just didn't realize how unhappy I actually was throughout my time in China and how I put that onto the country I was in and its people.

I love Germany but in around 3 weeks I will be heading back to the states. I am in a transitional period right now and such inner-disquietude pains me.  A lot has changed in the past 3 months. A lot has been done. For one, even though I started my 80-page master's thesis in May, the bulk of the work was put forth during the month of September. During that month, I worked only on my thesis. My boyfriend and I also discussed the imminent end of our two-year relationship. We knew, and I especially knew, that our relationship would be coming to a close, but I never intended on things ending before I departed from Germany. I pictured us being our normal, secure selves until I left for the US. At that time, we would have delivered our goodbyes, and they wouldn't have been tearful on either say.

Monday, December 1, 2014

说什么好呀

12月,沉闷的天气。

我一定要坚持下去用到了我的中文。 天天都必须要用。 这算不上一个大的问题, 因为我已经说得够流利。 要坚持着个平衡。

我多么难说,有的多么多的时间想事。 我昨天才发现一个不好的习惯还是以个让我难受的一个事, 就是读财经报纸。 谁读一个财经报纸都会觉得心里难受。 我不想想投资和股权的事实。 也不想读中国的强势长大的未来。 我一读有些报纸就开始觉得生活的速度太快。 大家都要想哪里能投资哪里的经济好, 哪里的产品好, 哪里能做生意。 其实, 我无所谓了。 我现在一无所有但是还是满开心, 还是觉得我有的特别多也不想要有更多。有时候我可以感到别人的贪婪带狠的目光, 最好我什么都不说。 要暗淡一些,但是也不想要想起过去的沟沟坎坎。 这些还是都铭刻在我的心。

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Passing of My Best Friend, Chelsea


I have yet to make a post concerning the death of Chelsea Wilson. One year and 65 days has passed, and, for me, while the shock has subsided and I can persist weeks without shedding a tear for her, I still think about her every day. My dreams are no longer colored with the darkness of her death turned to life again, or the imminent feeling of knowing she will die soon. I still dream of her, but in my dreams she seems to be a normal, living and breathing person.

The countless diary entries and words, thoughts I have had for her in the past year. I have shed so many tears, but most of them came during the time period of September 25, 2013 (the date of her death) to April 2014. Following April 2014, tears are no longer freely flying, and I think normal humans can recover from almost everything. That said, I think about her every, single day.

I now know I am so much like Chelsea, and this has only become evident in the past year or two.  Being honest and brash, and  I act in the same careless/crazy ways she did. Sometimes I pull this off with more finesse, or maybe she did. The unglaublich things she would tell me, and the ways I reckoned my life to somehow follow the same actions. It's something about the girl's wit and honesty that I am still trying to master.

We shared hobbies, fears, and goals,

If I could take you through Chelsea's death and everything I know and have experienced with Chelsea, it would take ages. To me, she was just that one very very special friend that remains close and precious. It is a cliche, really, but I love her dearly. She was a tremendously popular and smart girl, but I know how lonely she truly was.

The day after she died, on the airplane from Germany to the United States, I wrote her eulogy. I tried to watch The Great Gatsby as well as Louis C. K, but now even a tiny morsel of a laugh could not pass my lips. I simply could not concentrate. What I did more than anything was read her obituary. I think I have it memorized - I have read the thing so many times. It shock beyond anything I had ever experienced. The obituary is still online.

As for writing her eulogy, that came as keine große Problem. My words and feelings for her are abundant, and I only needed a 5 minute speech. What I most deeply felt was our childhood together. Yes, at the time of her death we were both 27 and seemingly closer than ever, but what I felt more profoundly than anything was our childhood and youth together. I remembered everything and felt our connection was extraordinary. Friends from the same block until the end.

I felt no anxiety about speaking in front of the crowd, only sadness and grief. Such a great, big grief that lasted and lasted. The day after her funeral, I maintain, was the worst day of my life. Before this funeral, I was full of worry but I was also anxious and could neither eat nor sleep. The plane ride from Frankfurt and the pick-up from Knoxville had to occur as well as the meetings with old friends and family that had also not occurred in years. The day after the funeral, however, I could not move. I could not function to put a t-shirt on my body or hang a piece of cloth within my closet. I was a bit hungover, but beyond that, the strength was gone knowing that my best friend in the world was truly dead.





最近的事嘛!

我浪费了太多的没有学中文的时间。

说什么好?

我知道了, 我可以谈到我今天学到的新的东西和最近发生的新的事情。 我刚刚看完了一个youtube视频, 说的是人类能在6个月内学到一个语言。 这个我完全相信, 但是我还看到了另一个youtube 视频让我感觉有点嫉妒。 有一个年轻的男生能说20多个语言。 我连续不断的听他说的每个语言。 很多听起来真的不错, 比如他的德语。 他说他才学了七个月的德语,但是我听到他的话我感觉听得多么顺利啊! 好像他的德语比我的好多。 我一看完这个视频我换到另一个视频谈的是人类有什么办法再学快一点! 可惜hypnopaedia都不是一个好的办法。 我学的什么都学得非常慢, 而且学得方法都是错的。

不管的吧。

我今天看完了一个小故事。 在这个小故事了 (夏日里有霜) 我已经学到的新的汉子。我看我能不能记下来哦。

麻木, 比如, 他麻木了
贪婪, 如, 可是他躲不开工队长贪婪带狼的目光。
铭刻, 如, 这么一个糟糕发生的事情会一直铭刻在我的心了。
攥, 他仅仅把钱攥在口袋里。
嘎嘎。。。这个一种声音, 好像的是像纸币的声音。
暗淡。。。在暗淡的灯光下。 sombre
摇晃。。。他摇晃着身子。 shake, sway, rock.

好吧, 说够了。 我说实话我现在在我的生活当中还是一直有一种不安的感觉。 焦虑与不安。 我看看我回国的时候能不能修理好一切。 我的问题就是我想找一个非常好的工作而且都想找了不起的东西, 但是我个人没有办法坚持下去然后好好干活。 是个问题。

两个星期后我就要回国。 我会把我自己定居在一个完全说英文的地方, 我怕我的语言能量会消失。 我还是一定要会找办法找我喜欢的工作, 我喜欢的房子, 而且一个机会学习更多的语言。 我也想吧我的吉他带回国,但是我恐怖不行的啦!

下次写我会用更豪华的语言给你们(谁) 表达我明天的hash run 还是有可能会谈的其他的话题! 今天就到这里了。

Und einmal auf Deutsch

Ich vergas was ich alles darüber geschreiben habe, aber es ist bestimmt besser als ich in Deutsch schrieben kann. Ich habe Deutschkurs 4 mal pro Woche, und, ja, ich höre viel und kann fast alles verstehen (Nachrichten, Vorlesungen und so weiter). Ich kann mich auszudrücken, aber Grammatik auf Deutsch ist schwerig und ich habe weniger Selbstbewussts wenn ich Deutsch spreche als Chinesesch.

Wenn mann sieht wie viel Deutsch ich tatsächlich gelernt habe (mehere Tausend Seiten) und hört und liest mein Deutsch, man wurden glauben, dass ich ganz dumm bin. Es ist ein Problem, aber in Deutschkurs alle Leute das selbe Problem haben. Ich denke, dass ich muss eine Lösung endlich finden.

Der Grund warum ich bin hier in Deutschland ist nicht einfact diese Master Program zu erreichen. Ich habe das schon gemacht, aber ich kam nach Deutschland weil ich möchte ein Europäisches Sprache lernen und das Leben in Europa zu erfahren. Ich habe so gemacht, und grundsätzlich Deutsch kenne ich schon.

Als ich gerade gesagt habe (aber in Chinesesch), ich muss zurück nach Amerika gehen und dort Arbeiten und alles zu erreichen. Amerika ist gut aber zum solche eines großes Stadt wie Washington DC wäre schwerig. Aber ich habe viele Möglichkeit wegen Verwannten und Freunden, und ich finde, dass ich muss dort gehen.

Heute ich habe diese Deutsches Wort kennengelernt

Jugendliche wachsen
Spielerei
mit etwas aufwachsen
jemanden befragen
ausgestatteten - equipped
weiterführenden Schule 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Who's Reading My Blog?

Who's Reading My Blog? The Government?

I got really excited today and yesterday upon seeing my page views go up 200% on just the 18th of July alone. I thought this newfound interest was because of my hard work and re-arrangements and adding of more tags. Blogspot allows you to analyze your viewership, and I noticed that over 70% of my viewers come from the US and use Chrome.  Normal enough, but then I looked more deeply and noticed that 90% of these users are, indeed, not Mac or Windows users but LINUX users. Out of my 2,400 or so page views, 90% of those views come from America using a Linux operating system.  Something is fishy. According to this wikipedia page, the US Department of Defense uses Linux (Red Hat Linux), and so they must have to keep track of me as well. This article explains why countries are moving toward using Linux. It must be that my page is being viewed by the NSA. Good try google and America, but you're no help to my viewership needs! How bored are you people, anyway?

I believe there is something out there watching us, but unfortunately it is the the NSA.

Why can't normal people read my blog? Suggestions encouraged. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Agriculture Consulting Job in China - My Former Job in Recruitment in Beijing


In Beijing I worked at an agriculture company as a recruitment consultant. The firm I worked for, Asian Agribusiness consulting, provides services for foreign agribusiness firms aspiring the penetrate the Asian market. The company can write reports on any field - but mainly reports concerning the swine, feed, animal health and food industries. The company does things such as determining how many chickens and pigs are in certain countries and the consumption of meat in those countries as well as the production of certain companies, and then these reports are sold to our clients.

There are a slew of these agriculture giants around the world, while there are actually very few companies that can provide them with the proper understanding and figures they need for their Asian invasion. Many firms must specialize in helping companies come to China and Asia, as most companies that come to China do, indeed, end up failing. This is why it is important to penetrate the Chinese market with a Chinese partner. I have heard this through numerous private equity investors, Chinese businessmen as well as Beijing investment bankers, all of whom are eager to hook up with foreign firms wanting a piece of the China pie. Foreigners who want to invest in China have ample opportunities, and my roommate (a Chinese venture capitalist of some sort) is actually looking for investors. I sense agencies or consulting companies such as my little gem will start expanding in the near future.

On the topic of foreigners in China or Asia and their jobs, I will say that acting as a consultant or agent would be a common job among laowai in China. Other common jobs for laowai in China include: English teacher, translator, corporate communications representative, journalist and freelancer. Jobs that laowai will not pursue include: laborer, waitress, tailor, driver, cleaner, lawyer and local offical. The reasons are beyond evident. Just recently on a podcast, I heard about what a lot of foreigners such as myself are doing in China and how they got here to begin with. Of course there are true expats whose companies paid a hefty price for the specialists to come to China or Asia and live on their previous salaries in equally nice (insert Western) settings, and then there are fresh graduates who deem the American marketplace too competitive and see China as a nice place to begin themselves (insert self).

Richmond’s Homeless on the VCU Campus

Richmond’s Homeless on the VCU Campus
By Amy Derr

Alfred Jones sat on a bench in Monroe Park waiting for the bus to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to take him to a church where he will eat, bathe and rest for the night. Facing the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the setting sun, Jones, 60, talked about his experiences being homeless as well as his thoughts about VCU students.
“I think the students are fine,” Jones said. “They’re out here getting an education.”
VCU students and the homeless of downtown Richmond cross paths in places like Monroe Park, the library and 7-Elevens. Sometimes they stop to say hello, but most of the time, they silently move past each other.
Jones said he sometimes talks to students, depending on whether they respond to his initial start of conversation.
“Here’s an example of how students act,” he said, pointing to a girl wearing a red sweatshirt and carrying a brown bag. He sent a hearty “hello” to the girl. She nodded but made no eye contact.
Another girl walked briskly through the darkening park toward Gladding Residence Center carrying two grocery bags.
“I want some chicken tonight,” he said, pointing to her Ukrops bags, but she did not look up.
“A lot of the students are…” he paused.
“Stuck up?” a friend waiting for the bus with him interjected.
“No, I wouldn’t say that,” Jones responded. “They’re being on the safe side because of Taylor Behl.” The 2005 murder of VCU Taylor Behl has devastated a large part of the college community and led Jones to believe that students are more cautious about exchanging words with strangers.
Just as the homeless share opinions of how they’re treated around the VCU campus, several students offer their encounters with the homeless of Richmond as well.
Tom Durst, a junior physics major, said he prefers to be left alone on the streets around VCU instead of being asked for money by many homeless.
“The homeless kind of get irritating sometimes because I’m too busy just trying to get to class or back to my apartment,” he said. “I just don’t want to deal with them.”
Galen Canham, a sophomore Urban Studies major, said she can’t imagine the tribulations that go along with not having a home but is bothered if they persist asking her for change.
“Sometimes they get annoyed if you don’t have money,” she said. Canham says she cannot afford to give away her money because of her budget as a college student.
She talks to them, however, and has even come across a few interesting personalities.  One man walks around with a boom box that “plays 70s funk music,” she said.
“The homeless can be fun to talk to,” she said.
Erica Bunk, a sophomore, says she feels more inclined to give to the homeless, instead of turning a blind eye to her campus neighbors.
“They’re people too,” she said, standing outside of Shafer Dining Center eating an ice cream cone.
“People shouldn’t be so mean to them,” she said and added that she has seen many students yell things like “Back off” to the homeless. She said she tries to donate or exchange kind words when she can.

richmond homeless

Jones has been homeless for three weeks, making this his second time being homeless after he was homeless for six months 12 years ago.
He said he understands if students aren’t overeager to talk because “they have their own world,” but he said he has also seen the positive side of sharing Monroe Park with the students through their volunteer work in the homeless community.
“They do give,” he said. “I appreciate it, and that’s why I speak to them when they pass me in the park,” he said, walking toward Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to catch the Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter (CARITAS) bus.
VCU students express how and why they would give to the homeless.
Senior biology major Linda Udezulu said helping the homeless out by giving them money seems almost ineffective in terms of the long-term help.
“I would like to help them out, but I don’t really know where to begin,” she said, while studying in Shafer Dining Center. She says she doesn’t know whether to “give them a fish or teach them how to fish.”
She says by giving them money “it helps them for that day,” but she worries about the consequences of handing out money every day around VCU.
“They’ll still be going through the same situation tomorrow,” she said.
One incident that disheartened Udezula from giving money was a time she was riding in her car and a homeless person approached her window at a stoplight to ask for money but ended up “coming way too close.”
“Lucky for me, my car window was only cracked,” she said, adding that she’s more hesitant to give money now because the man frightened her by coming so close.
A few benches away from Jones sat Joseph Turner and his friends on a bench in the center of Monroe Park.Turner, 51, has been homeless for one month due to his recent divorce from his wife, but he doesn’t consider himself homeless.
“I like to be considered going through a transition,” Turner said, eyeing the fountain in the center of the park.
Like Jones, he was also waiting for the CARITAS bus to take him to the church. He said he was looking forward to eating, bathing and having a place to sleep.
He wore a thick corduroy coat, black dress pants and brown leather shoes. During the day he looks for a job and returns comes toMonroe Park to socialize and wait for the CARITAS bus.
While Turner says most students he encounters in the park don’t seem to want to converse, he believes they could be looking out for their safety.
“I understand if they’re looking out for themselves, but I think we have a lot to offer them,” Jones said. He adds that most of the homeless in Monroe Park care for each other and wouldn’t want to hang out in an unsafe environment.
“We can offer the students advice on mainly how not to become homeless,” Turner said with a chuckle.
“One thing about being homeless is that we don’t discriminate,” he said. His friends nodded in agreement. “We come from all ages, all races and all religions.”
Since the students and many homeless people share Monroe Park, words of encouragement should be exchanged between the two groups, Jones said.
“A positive word always helps,” he said. “If they just took time out to talk to us, you’d be surprised to see what would happen.”
While he believes there is this gap between the homeless and students, he also notices some good that the students do.
“There are some that speak and brighten up your day,” he said.“You realize that they recognize you as a human being.”
Seated on a bench in the center of Monroe Park, Cynthia Harris, 50, occupied her time waiting for the CARITAS bus by reading “Murder in the Supreme Court” by Margret Truman. The sun shined through the bare trees, and colorful leaves were scattered at her feet. Wearing a heavy brown coat and maroon sweater, Harris enjoyed the afternoon warmth before she got on the Caritas bus to sleep at a church for the night.
“This book is getting really good,” she said, as she turned it over.
She then talked about her mixed feelings toward the VCU students she sees every day in places like Cabell Library and Monroe Park.
“Some of them seem stuck up,” she said. “Like when you go to the library and use the bathroom, it looks like they have their noses turned up at you.”
She said she can’t recall a specific incident when a student acted this way toward her but that she “just gets that feeling sometimes.
“I like talking to some of the students in the park when they actually talk back to you.”
“I don’t ask them for anything,” she said. “They each seem to mind their own business.”
Freshman Mechanical Engineering major Vanessa Wanner agrees that the two groups seem to go their own separate ways.
“They don’t seem to bother anyone and keep to themselves,” she said while sitting on a bench in Shafer.
“My parents think they’re pretty dangerous,” she said, adding that they say things like “you shouldn’t ever go near them.”
Wanner said that while she never gives them money first-hand, because “you never know what they’re going to do with it,” she thinks it is good to donate to charities, as she’s seen her parents do.
Dave Masters, who spends his nights at the shelter Healing Place, says he has been homeless for two months since he moved to Richmond a year ago from Springfield, Mass. He is engaged to a woman who lives in Stafford, and his soon-to-be step-daughter will attend VCU in Fall 2007.
Masters, who moved from Massachusetts after his divorce, moved to Virginia to live with his sister about a year ago. He became homeless because he couldn’t afford the rent once he lost his job.
Knowing his new step-daughter is coming to VCU “really makes me proud,” he said with a smile.
“Her coming here next year makes me really want to get out and get a good job,” he said, as he ate from a bag of Fritos chips.
“Every time I see the kids at VCU, it reminds me to keep striving forward,” he said, adding that he has never experienced a negative response to his status.
“They’re helpful,” he said. “They’re not mean to anybody.”

richmodn homeless 2
(Dave Masters says he has been homeless for two months since he moved to Richmond a year ago from Springfield, Mass.)
While waiting in the early afternoon sun for the Caritas bus, Kevin Caldwell, 50, piled leaves over his sleeping friend to pass time. A few friends around him laughed.
Caldwell has been homeless for two months and hopes to land a job soon at a printing company. Since arriving in Richmond two months ago from Florida, he says he has experienced nothing but positive exchanges with the students.
“There’s no heckling or bad mouthing,” he said, as he stopped scooping leaves and sat down on a bench. “They’ve got their business that they take care of and we have ours,” Caldwell said, adding that the students are busy with their schoolwork.
Caldwell says that VCU Police inscribe rules for the homeless when dealing with students.
“They’re very protective of them, which I can very well understand,” he said. “We’re even told we can run into problems if we try to talk to the young ladies.”
For the most part, Caldwell says, he’s seen a positive outreach from the students to the homeless, with some of students joining programs to feed them during the weekends.
“I have yet to see any negative,” he said.
A few blocks away from the park, at the corner of Grace and Harrison, Aurelious Peters, 52, sat on a curb beside the 7-Eleven.
Homeless since April, Peters sleeps anywhere from abandoned houses to the doorways of stores to friends’ houses on Cary Street. Like Caldwell and Masters, Peters hasn’t seen any negative responses from students.
“I think they’re really nice,” he said. “They help the homeless sometimes with food and donations.”
With three children of his own, his parental instincts promote goodwill and support to the students.
“I like to look out for the kids around here because that’s what I’d want somebody else to do for my kids,” he said. “I try to watch their backs and make sure nobody messes with them.”

How does Germany view America?

Wie Deutschland die USA sieht?
Was für ein schwer Thema. Schwankungen zwischen Deutschland und den USA ging es immer weiter - jetzt mit viele Skandale vie millionen deutsch Bürger sind von der NSA abgehört. Dann, gibt es den deutschen Geheimdiensten Mitarberter, die für di USA spionieren.
  What a difficult topic! Fluctuations between the two countries go on as usual – and now with many scandals like th millions of German citizens who have been listened in on by the NSA. Then, there is the German employee for the secret service that spied for the USA.  

Die Beziehung zwischen Deutschland und den USA ging zuzeit deutlich nicht gut, aber hatte deutsch-amerikanische Verhältnis seit 1945 schon immer Höhen und Tiefen. Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg war Deutschland auf Hilfe angewiesen, und den USA bauten Deutschland wirtschlaftlich wieder auf. Seit den 1950er Jahren waren Amerikanische Kultur auch sehr beliebt in Deutschland (Musik, Film und so weiter). Als Kennedy 1963 in Berlin war, war die Beziehung zwischen Amerika und Deutschland so gut wie nie.
The relationship between German and the USA is clearly not going well at present, but since 1945 German-American affairs have had ups and downs. After the 2nd World War, Germany depended on help and the USA helped to build the German economy. Since the 1950s, American culture has been adored by Germans (the music, the film, etc). When Kennedy went to Berlin in 1963, the relationship between America and Germany was better than ever.

german american flag

Aber der Vietnamkrieg hat alles geändert. Die deutschen hat viele an dem Fernseher gesehen – Napalm-Bomben – und war angeekelt. Aber dem Mitleid nach den Anschlägen 2001 folgte 2003 die Empörung über den Eingriff der USA in den Irak.
But the Vietnam war changed everything. Germans saw a lot on the TV – Napalm bombs – and were disgusted. The compassion after the attack in 2001 followed outrage in the invasion of the USA in Iraq.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Deutschland hat das Weltmeistershaft gewonnen!

Hallo jemanden!
before the game 2
(marching to the Finkenkrug! trying to blend in!)
Gestern hat Deutschland das besonders Weltmeisterschaft gewonnen und ich war da! Hier in Deutschland!  Diese Land sind so stolz auf den Fussballers!
Yes, it was a crazy experience having been in Germany for 2014’s World Cup Victory.  This is Germany’s first win since 1990 and Germany’s first victory as a re-united Germany. The country has now won the world cup 4 times if I’m not mistaken, and this is the first time in 24 years. The Germans certainly felt a long-due victory! 
nights beginning

I watched the game in Finkenkurg with Jenny, Jelte, Yongyuan, Irene and Peng and was surrounded by bells, whistles, cheers and much black, red and yellow. The girls behind me were a bit too excited and nearly punctured my eardrums. People ran from room to room when Germany scored the only goal against Argentina at around minute 113.  I really thought the game would last until penalty kicks.  Then, after all this excitement, Jelte decided to tell the waitress we wanted to pay.  What a headache! I could not effectively communicate what we had ordered, yelling over Jenny and Jelte. The waitress counted things incorrectly and said I ordered 1 hamburger and 1 cheeseburger and one drink.  Jenny had already paid for her hamburger and so obviously there was only a cheeseburger left to be paid for.  I said, “Nein, nur ein Cheeseburger!” Finally, she got so upset that she outright grunted and rolled her eyes at me, wrote down the price and pointed an angry finger at 12,80. Her rudeness really took me aback, but that is not the first time someone in the German service industry has been beyond outright rude!
finkenkrug 2
(One view of my position after the first goal)finken 5
Anyway, based on this horrible experience with the waitress and the girls behind me making a ridiculous fuss “AUF GEHT’S DEUTSCHLAND WOOOO WOOOOOOOOO” for 2 hours literally.  I had no room to move and I thought they were going to fall on top of me or cause me to fall out of my seat.  With both of these experiences combined, and with Argentina’s sad defeat – aye, because of memories of Chelsea’s love for Argentina, I felt myself inwardly pushing for Argentina but of course could never show that support at such a German bar – I was not in the celebratory mood by the end of the 2-hour fiasco!  Besides that, we arrived at the bar 2 hours early just to get good seats.  HM! Some good seats!
I think I’ll stay away from German football for some time.  And German waitresses!
yongyuan me flag
Victory march toward HBF to see the crazies – and boy did we see them – talk about honking and carrying on!  Football yay!

finkenkrug
The bar we were at serves over 200 types of German beer to over 200 types of drunken football fans.

Finken 2
This is the area we sat at – for both the Brazilian killing (7-1) and the final game against Argentina
brasialien game
(setting a few nights ago at the game against Brazil)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Auf Deutsch oder Auf Chinesisch

Ich habe beschlossen, dass ich will mein Blog auf Deutsch oder auf Chinesisch schreiben.  Ich weiss, dass meine Deutsch so schlecht ist, und deswegen möchte ich am wenigsten ein bisschen Deutsch lernen wenn ich schreibe.  Das Blog ist nur für mir sowieso.  Niemand liest mein Blog!

Wenn ich etwas auf Englisch schreiben, dann konnte ich sehr schnell an etwas interessant denken.  Heute ist nicht so viel los.  Ich muss meine Master Arbeit recherchieren und das habe ich am morgen gemacht, aber nur für 2 Stunde (total müde heute, gestern habe ich ein 10k Lauf teilgenommen und für die Frauen bin ich nummer 4!!!) und dann habe ich Chinesisch studiert.  Ich habe viel Zeit für Chinesisch aber Deutsch? Gibt es nicht!  Diese Sprache einfact interessiere mich nicht!  Warum? Zu schwer veilleicht, und außerdem, ich habe wenigsten deutsche Freundin, und die ich kenne kann sehr gut Englisch.  Ja ja, das spricht alle Amerikaner, oder? Mein Deutsch ist schlect weil hier in Deutschland so viel Leunte kann English, sagt die Amerikaner. 

Ich gebe zu, bin ich hier in Deutschland für 18 Monaten und konnte nur basisch Deutsch.  Es tut mir sehr leid, Deutscland und nette Deutschers! Aber später ich hoffe das ich kann mehr Deutsch lernen!

Hier ist ein Photograf aus Paris

DSCF4671

Brudder Kevin!

DSCF4605

Doing Master's Degree in Germany as a Foreigner

Living in Duisburg, Germany

I'd like to write a post concerning my experiences doing a Master's degree in Duisburg, Germany as a foreigner. All in all, the experience has been great.  I have had a free education (aside from my transportation fee) and I have learned a third language. The education has been great as well, but the experience has not gone without its hardships. Applying for the student visa is a pain, and many other bureaucratic procedures are also a pain - but that mainly comes with the fact that I am not German.  In China, it was easy to sign up for a Visa, but in Germany, the procedure is a bit more rigorous. Aside from that, every semester, I must submit my enrollment information to different places, such as the student housing center and applying for a Visa requires a certain amount of money (roughly 7,000 euros), which can be difficult to obtain.

IN-EAST - Master's in East Asian Studies

I am getting a Master’s degree in East Asian studies.  I study the under the CEAS program for the University of Duisburg-Essen IN-East program.  The school mainly focuses on Japan and China but also South Korea in the fields of economics, politics and sociology. I am choosing the political field, or the IR field to be exact.

Education Costs in Duisburg = none

One of the greatest things about studying in Duisburg is the quick access to other countries and interesting cities. Nearby cities include: Essen,  Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmond. The Netherlands and Belgium are also nearby and conveniently accessed via train, bus or with mitfahrgelegenheit. As a student,I only pay 263 euros per semester for the transportation fee, and that's it.  My education is free and covered, although I do need to pay for my apartment and health insurance.  Health insurance, provided through AOK, costs about 77 euros per month.

Now, I will share some pictures that I have taken in Europe. IMG_0098
Düsseldorf’s pink castle
IMG_0512
Aachen
DSCF0507
Cologne

More to come!

今天我要来说是我最近学到的东西

我最近的生活和一年以前特别不一样。 我现在的生活和六个月以前也完全不一样。 对我来说,我现在的生活是有点理想的。 当然有很多方面我想变,但是我慢慢在注意到我心里真的想要的是什么样的生活。 难怪我在老家的时候我那么郁闷。 我那时郁闷的样子是因为我没有工作, 但是也是因为我那时对我...