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The real question is; why shouldn’t you learn Chinese? by Damian

Dearest Readers, Today’s article will be something different, though peculiar nonetheless! JDS invited me – a guy called Damian – to write about the process of learning Chinese. Similar to JDS, I have had the privilege to be selected for the Netherlands – Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS), meaning I spent my summer in the mesmerizing China. Since I was a small kid, I dreamt of going to China, due to its rich culture, diverse landscapes, interesting food and challenging language. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   Just two snapshots showing one of the many beautiful views and interesting sights which you can find in China All participants...

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The happy ending

Dearest Friends, Looking back at my semester abroad, wow, what a beautiful chapter in my life. I still remember how a bit over a year ago, when I was applying for exchange universities, I placed my top three universities all in Hong Kong. Pretty sure some people thought I was crazy (maybe I am haha), but no regrets. The reason I wanted to exchange in Hong Kong was because the city is known for its perfect West-East mix. As someone born in the Southern part of China but grown up in the West, it was a good opportunity for me to bond with my culture of origin and improve my Cantonese skills. So, when I found out that I was going to...

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The seized opportunity at Netherlands — Asia Honours Summer School

Reasons | Aspirations | Diversity Everyone probably aspires for something, and so did I when I applied for the Netherlands — Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS). I was born and raised in the West and due to various personal and legal cases, I was unable to explore the culture and beauty of my parents’ motherland. My parents are from China which is fortunately also the main destination of NAHSS — as two of its destinations were in China with the other two in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Its programme offered an opportunity for me to gain knowledge about the Chinese culture and practices through actual experience, so I thought it was an opportunity I had to seize. I was fortunate to...

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A rollercoaster beginning

About two months ago, I packed my luggage and was ready to start my journey to the East. But who would have thought the beginning of this trip would turn out to be a tricky one? So, an overbooked flight led me to depart a few hours later than planned, and instead of flying directly to Hong Kong, my original plan, I had to lay-over in Shanghai ?. The oh-so-happy-and-excited me at the beginning slowly transformed into an exhausted panda, especially because there was a delay in Shanghai too. Wanna know what’s funnier? At the airport they told me that my checked-in luggage could not be located??. I thought my bad luck with transportation was only relevant in the Netherlands, but it turns...

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Is it the beginning or is it the ending?

On the day of departure to Beijing, I struggled out of my bed to the university to do my last exam early in the morning. Can you believe it? It is not even July yet and I am about to board the plane that would take me from the West to the East. As time continued to tick, I was reminiscing of all the good as well as the bad things in the past two years. Before my friends and I knew it, we were already entering the last stage of our bachelor, as well as our last year of being together in the same class. It struck me more and more that I am leaving the past behind, and starting...

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What about good things?

Hallo | 你好| Hola | 여보세요 | Hello friends! We are three International Business Administration students from the Netherlands, ready to fill in a new chapter in our book. Exchanging to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, will help us to meet our desire of discovering the world; the good things that it has to offer. Our eagerness to explore the world and to taste different kinds of foods have brought us together to this platform, which we will use to share our stories with you! Asian background entwined with large Western influence, we perceive the exchange as a bridge from the West to the East, as well as the gates to our roots and potential future in Asia. The first chapters will...

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