11 Weeks in Tshinghua from the Vantage Point of a Chinese-American
Civil and Environmental research was performed at Tsinghua University understanding a wastewater treatment method allowing sulfur reclamation from biodesulfurization sludge. The research abroad vantage point is given from a Chinese-American student who, other than having been born in China, has since moved to the U.S. at the age of 2 and has only visited China twice since her birth. Each visit was for one month or less, and this is the first trip in which she is completely independent, and will stay for an extended period of time (11 weeks). She discovers the cultural differences in business etiquette and is able to serve as a translator to understand the reverse role of a Chinese businessman welcoming an American visitor. The most important lesson to be noted, however, is her realization with her true self-identity as she discovers the gap between Chinese and Chinese-American.
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Yan (Daisy) Zheng (2010), "11 Weeks in Tshinghua from the Vantage Point of a Chinese-American," http://globalhub.org/resources/4136.