Travel abroad means a lot to me because, as a first generation Chinese-American, I have felt out of touch with my cultural roots and have a yearning to understand exactly what my cultural identity means to me.

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As a Human Development and History major, I was drawn to the Urban and Cultural Explorations trip in China.  Travel abroad means a lot to me because, as a first generation Chinese-American, I have felt out of touch with my cultural roots and have a yearning to understand exactly what my cultural identity means to me. In China, I was able to grow my perspective of China and the world in an open minded manner. My experience in China encouraged exploration of personal ethnic identity. The experience enabled me to practice my Mandarin, learn more about Chinese cultures and urban explorations. During my stay, I visited Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Zhenjiang, and Shanghai.

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On an academic level, it made pursuing my history major an unforgettable experience. I found that the History Department offers a variety of courses that expand on the topic as a field of diversity and the disciplines that influence it. The trip made me realize that the field is incredibly flexible.

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During my stay in China, I was able to explore and learn much of the history. I also became very close to a lot of people on the trip. Professor Mark and Professor Chaffee made the experience unforgettable. I was able to see how connections are made throughout the cities; culturally, economically, politically, and socially. I gained a better understanding of how the country works in the modern world as well as how it had in the past.

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The Institute for Asian and Asian Diasporas Scholarship allowed me to become more adventurous and open-minded. I made friends that will last a lifetime, and I cannot wait to visit China again!

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February 28: Alison Lin, a Human Development major, studied on the Urban and Cultural Explorations in China program during summer 2017.

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