Stu­dents find life in China to their lik­ing

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By CHINA DAILY to the West The Jour­ney Xiaopin, Struck xiaopin Star Three Moves by Men­cius’ Mother The Bat­tle of Red Cliff,” Xing Wen con­trib­uted to the story.

Many young Viet­namese have child­hood mem­o­ries sim­i­lar to those of the Chi­nese post80s and post-90s gen­er­a­tions.

Dang Viet Hung, a grad­u­ate of Na­tional Eco­nom­ics Univer­sity in Hanoi, Viet­nam, says he watched

TV se­ries as a boy. Now 25 and a grad­u­ate stu­dent at the School of Eco­nom­ics and Man­age­ment at Bei­hang Univer­sity, Dang pre­pared with fel­low for­eign stu­dents for the 4th In­ter­na­tional Cul­ture Night on Nov 11. At a warmup event for the night, he sang the theme song of his fa­vorite Chi­nese TV se­ries.

He be­gan study­ing Man­darin with a Chi­nese lan­guage in­sti­tute in Fe­bru­ary 2014 and be­fore that would read nov­els trans­lated from Chi­nese.

“These nov­els are from an on­line lit­er­a­ture site called Qid­ian. I learned about city life in China by read­ing some ur­ban fic­tion.”

Hung said that be­fore he came to China last year, he tried to imag­ine how splen­did the Great Wall and the Im­pe­rial Palace were, and now, he has been to see them sev­eral times.

a type of com­edy skit is an­other Chi­nese el­e­ment that ap­pealed to him.

“My lan­guage teacher asked us to im­i­tate the ac­tors and stage a called

that was pro­duced by Mahua FunAge, which I found very in­ter­est­ing,” he said.

Hung said his par­ents tried to per­suade him not to go to China be­cause they wor­ried about whether he could ad­just to the cul­ture or stay safe.

For Le Thi Thanh Loc, a Chi­nese ma­jor who grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Da Nang, the de­ci­sion to study in China was met more fa­vor­ably by her fam­ily mem­bers.

“My fa­ther likes Chi­nese his­tory a lot. When I was a lit­tle girl, he told me such sto­ries as

and she said. Le says she was at­tracted by the glam­our in tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture and the mod­ern life­style in China’s bur­geon­ing econ­omy. She is pur­su­ing a mas­ter’s de­gree in teach­ing Chi­nese to for­eign lan­guage speak­ers at the Bei­jing In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

She was sur­prised to see mo­bile pay­ments so wide­spread in China.

“At first, I couldn’t un­der­stand why my Chi­nese peers told me that they couldn’t live with­out their smart­phones,” she gig­gled. “I find my­self in the same sit­u­a­tion now.”

Le’s BIT class­mate Vo Thi Hang says her high school home­room teacher sug­gested she study Chi­nese to help her stand out at job fairs. How­ever, for her, Chi­nese cui­sine, es­pe­cially dumplings, is the main al­lure of China.

Vo says she of­ten gluts her­self on Chi­nese del­i­ca­cies with her Chi­nese friends.

“I find Chi­nese are far friend­lier than I imag­ined,” she said. “Le and I failed to get seat tick­ets when we trav­eled from Guangxi to Bei­jing by train. We were frus­trated we would have to stand for 20 hours. Some Chi­nese pas­sen­gers started chat­ting with us. We told them about Viet­nam, and they ex­plained Chi­nese cus­toms for me and even shared seats with us.”

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