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Before: Before we take the big leap over

By 23 June 2009 No Comment

For me, the most exciting part of this trip to China is: For the first time, I have a mission.

In my eyes, China has always been this humid mass of land that housed exquisite food, cheap fashions and dirty toilets. I could never get enough to eat, and could literally become dehydrated from shopping for a whole day because I avoided drinking water in order to avoid using the toilet. Hailing taxis all through the day to take me to the endless shops and restaurants, I saw China as one big luxury vacation.

This time, however, I’d like to soak in the aspects of China perhaps I’ve never paid attention to. With its impressive population, I’d like to delve into the lives and psyche of this country to explore China in a way I’ve never done before: through its people. I want to get out there and talk to as many individuals as I can, asking them questions and have them tell me about their life. I want to learn how they feel, what they do, and what their hopes and aspirations are.

I view my biggest challenge in gaining the trust of the people I want to talk to in order for them to share their innermost thoughts and ideas with me. All I can do, however, is ignore that fear and try, try, try again. Afterall, there’s a billion people to talk to — someone has got to say yes eventually.

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