First of all I must note that I strongly identify myself as a Chinese person, more specifically a Chinese exchange student. I acknowledge the fact that while studying abroad I represent my country as well as the rich cultural tradition that it is able to boast. I feel to a gained access to my inner resources that constitute my very nature.
There are several reasons why I identify myself in this way. First of all, I spend the majority of the day among people who come from a different cultural background than me. As a result, I can clearly see that I am different from then in many aspects. However this feeling makes me confident of my own origin. Secondly, I have to introduce myself a lot; so, when I say that I am from China I am usually asked to share something interesting about my country. Thanks to it I am always in touch with my roots.
It would be rather advantageous to examine the way others think of me. While the best way to know it would be to ask people that I interact with, it would not be a rude exaggeration to note that they surely perceive me as an Asian student. I deliberately used the word "Asian" here in order to point out the fact that the majority of people consider Asians to have a super ethnos that should not be divided into distinct cultures.
Speaking of the reasons why others perceive me in such a way, I might assume that the following kind of thinking takes place here: as Takaki put it “my face and name had tagged as a stranger" (Takaki 1). It will not be an exaggeration to argue that the analysis of the cultural background of a foreign person does not go further than that.
I must admit that such a superficial attitude towards my identity surely makes me sad. For example, there have been several occasions when people thought that I was Japanese. While the difference between these two cultures is insignificant for other individuals, I feel offended to a