Life in China: A Picture A Day, March 14, 2016

When you are a foreigner in China and live in a city with universities, it is most likely that at some point you will have college students want to talk with you as part of a school assignment. I’ve done this before in Shenzhen. Today, as my friend Kim and I approached the shopping plaza, a girl eagerly ran up to us and asked us if we had time to talk and answer some questions. Turned out she had three classmates with her, I like to do my best to help these students, Kim agreed it was OK with her, so we sat down at the McDonald’s outdoor seating, each of us with two girls. They also video tape these “interviews” on their phones, so I’m not sure if we end up being viewed in front of a whole class or just the teacher? These students were from the local Guangdong Medical College and were English majors. They asked me my opinions on quitting school to start a business, while the girls Kim was with asked about children and television viewing and video game boundaries. The girls I was with were very polite, offered to get me a drink, and then gave me an apple afterwards as a “thank you.”