Today was our second day in Tianjin and our first day of classes. During this class period I learned more about china than I could have in weeks of study. We sat in a very impressive room and were also given gifts. We got shirts, maps, books, binders and our notes. They were very neat. We then sat next to Chinese students at which point professor Li asked us to talk about cultural differences. One of the first tests we did was rating each culture based on an average view of traits such as friendliness or obedience. We then discussed and compared our opinions with the Chinese students. I learned that most of what I answered is what he answered as well. We then talked about celebrities in each country and I can to find out that he knew much more than I did. He also knew many of our major cities from New York to San Antonio. It was interesting how much more they know about us then we know about them. I will keep poking at what else they know about American and what I should learn about them in the coming weeks.
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