Learning about American and Asian Culture at ALCI
By Yiting Li, Asian Learning Center Intern
Growing up in a different culture, I have always wanted to learn more about American culture, especially after I came here three years ago as a High School International Exchange Student. I stayed with an American host family in Mayville, WI during my senior year of high school. Many reasons brought me to the United States. For example, I want to improve my language skills and get to know more people from different backgrounds. There was definitely a huge difference between the high school in America and the one in Beijing, my hometown. I took advantage of being an exchange student and tried out various new things. For example, I joined the Cross Country team and the school musical. During my time there,
I learned many things about Americans, from holiday to sports. Also, as a Chinese student, I have always wanted to share knowledge about my country and my culture with others. After talking with my host mom, I went to volunteer at the local 4H club and made traditional Chinese food for the kids. I also conducted a workshop on how to use chopsticks. The most important thing that I learned during that year is the significance of cross-culture communication, and that was also the motivation to continue my college education in the United States and to work as an intern at The International Center.