Sample English Paper on International Interview & Paper

Abstract

This study summarizes an interview conducted on an international student and a research conducted to ascertain the information provided. The interviewee is a 23-year-old Chinese female from Yangzhou city of the Jiangsu Province in China. She came to America to pursue a Masters Degree in Advanced Media Studies. She has so far completed two years of her Degree course and is making effort to understand American lifestyle. Jiangsu Province is among the 18 Qing provinces in China. It has a population of more than 78 million people. The country is a socialist republic ruled by a single party, the Communist Party of China. The president and the State Council share power. The official language is Mandarin; other major languages include Wu, Min, Cantonese, Jin, and Xiang. The majority of the Chinese are Buddhist and Taoist. From its inception, women were considered inferior to men in China. Presently, both genders acquire the same academic education and are able to progress to the highest career positions. Consequently, both male and female have equal opportunities for employment and income level in the modern China. China has great prospects of becoming one of the most economically stable countries in the world. Regardless of the increased economic advancement in the nation, there is a huge variation between the rich and the poor. Considering the minimal variation in the information offered, I would support the interviewee at an eight, on the scale of 0 to 10.

 

International Interview & Paper

Introduction

The study comprises of the summary of the findings from the interview conducted and critical reflection. The interviewee was a 23-year-old Chinese female who travelled to the country, America for her Masters Degree in Advanced Media Studies. She comes from Yangzhou city of Jiangsu Province in China. This is her second year in America and for this reason, is still becoming acquainted with the American lifestyle.

Summary of the Findings

According to the interview, the Jiangsu Province lies within the 18 Qing provinces, established in 1644. A governor who is the political overseer of the emperor leads the province. The interviewee seemed to be proud of her province since it is among the most industrialized in China. The main basic need, food is met mostly by the production of Chinese rice, which constitutes a staple diet in every meal. After taking their meals, majority of the people prefer taking tea. In every meal, there must be vegetable, rice, and meat. Following food in terms of its necessity is education. Education is of great importance to the local people since it defines the future and development of an individual and a family as a whole. This is the reason why she left her family and land to come to America.

According to the interviewee, Chinese wear the same urban clothing as people in North America would be wearing. This is different from the past when the locals were compelled to wear drab clothing that came in blue, grey, and black. The interviewee also made it clear that only the emperor and his family are allowed to wear fine silks and beautiful colored clothes. In addition to this, all people are treated equal and hence allowed to wear according to their desires. From the interviewee’s discussion, security is a primary need to the Chinese. People desire to live in safe and secure areas at home and in their workplaces. The majority of the population comprises old people of over 65 years of age. Surprisingly, both the rich and the poor live in a similar house structure constructed with pounded earth and timber framing in regions with limited wood. However, the poor prefer to live in houses made of pounded earth and thatched roofs whereas the rich reside in houses with walls around their homes.

The interviewee notes of great changes in the recent past. This is because, from its inception, women were considered inferior to men in China: a tradition that limited them from becoming exposed to more knowledge. Presently, both genders acquire the same academic education and are able to progress to the highest career positions. Consequently, both male and female have equal opportunities for employment and income level in the modern China. The interviewee states that women in China are presently able to assume leadership roles outside their houses. This change according to her poses challenges to the modern woman who has to look beyond the former roles laid out for women.

The interviewee is proud of her province, Jiangsu, as one of leading provinces in the production of electronics and apparel products. This is regardless of its size among the provinces. Consequently, the province has the second highest GDP among the provinces. Having resided in Yangzhou city in her childhood, the interviewee is happy that her region is rising to form the major economic hub in her country. The contender is proud of her country due to economic stability and modern transportation network. According to her, in the future, China will become one of the most economically stable countries in the world. She prides in numerous modern railways, highways, and air transport that have been previously absent in her nation. To her, a good transport network translates to faster movement, which saves time, and increases the economy.

Critical Reflection

The Jiangsu province has a population of more than 78 million people. The interviewee, therefore, told me the truth since most of the information I found to be true as shared. According to Szczepanski (2016), China’s history dates back over 4,000 years. It is during this time that China developed a rich culture in philosophy and the arts. Production sectors such as silk and gunpowder have seen introduction of amazing technologies. The country had fought numerous wars and conquered its neighbors though it too lost territories at one time. The People’s Republic of China is a socialist republic ruled by a single party, the Communist Party of China. The president and the State Council share power. The official language is Mandarin, which is used by almost half the population. Other major languages include Wu, Min, Cantonese, Jin, and Xiang. The majority of the Chinese are Buddhist and Taoist who rarely practice their religion, whereas the minority is the Christians.

China covers an area of approximately 9.6 million square kilometers, making it the third largest country in the world. It borders several countries such as Burma, India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Vietnam, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and North Korea. The country is endowed with diverse landforms. There is the highest mountain, Everest at 8,848 meters and the Taklamakan desert found in the jungles of Guilin. Due to its large cover, China has a range of climatic zone, from subarctic to tropical. Its temperature varies from -30 degrees Celsius in winter to 15 degrees Celsius, as an average temperature. China’s economy is among the fastest growing in the world with a 10% annual growth.

According to Chao (2017), the proper healthcare system is a major need the people may be struggling to acquire. There is a huge health gap due to exclusion from the social and economic activities. This is more so evident among the old and the poor who have limited option on the kind of services they desire to acquire. The challenge of health care is becoming evident in light of the increased number of people falling in the aged group. It is approximated that the population of the aged in the country would comprise of at least 22.7% of the total aged in 2050 (Chao, 2017).

The Chinese lay great emphasize on education. This is apparent from their sayings, among them being, “if no proper education is given to children, their nature will go bad” (Fang, 2016). Education lays the basis of an improved livelihood of the people since a higher level of well being is attained after the basic needs are met firstly (worldwatch, 2013). To the Chinese, this higher achievement is defined by education and employment and contributes to income distribution, social security, and public safety as the assurance.

In comparing the Chinese and the American education system, China’s education is still at elementary levels. The system comprises of primary, secondary, and post-secondary primary education. The U.S. system, on the other hand, comprises of the 1-8 grade, high school, and college (Fang, 2016). Contrary to the American law on education which demands that all students stay in the education system until they are 16-18 years of age, Chinese education requires that students stay up to nine years and opt for vocational secondary school or enter the workforce immediately after. Besides this, Chinese students are compelled to take the same subjects until high school. This is contrary to the American system, which allows students to choose electives at an early age. Because of the Chinese education system that emphasizes on tests and exams, it has been widely criticized as producing robot students rather than learners. This problem has made most of the Chinese students miss an all rounded learning experience.

It is indeed true that nobody in China desires to live in the fear of unemployment, disability, and illness. This need had compelled the people establish social safety nets and integrate the social protection system. For instance, there is the introduction of basic pension programs and medical care system. The necessity has compelled the nation to value both the male and the female in the job market. As a result, both females and males have an equal right to job positions and income within the same level (Xie, 2013). This policy promotes women in the Chinese culture, an issue that is poised to raise the economic standards of the country in the near future.

Regarding the issue of the role of women in China, women are facing equally new perceptions on their role in the society. This is contrary to the past where the power of a woman could not go beyond the family (O Sullivan, 2012). Previously, the society was patriarchal, patrimonial, patrilineal, and patrolical, features that socially disadvantaged women compared to men (Xie, 2013). O’Sullivan goes on to affirm that the role of women differs across social boundaries. Rather than focusing on the family, women continue to shift their roles to the society, economy and in politics. This has been a useful strategy in the progress of the nation (Worldwatch, 2013).

Jiangsu is regarded the most developed province with regard to the human development index. This wealth is attributed to the construction of the Grand Canal. Contrary to the information derived from the interviewee, Jiangsu is distributed inconsistently in terms of its economy. The Wu-speaking people in the Southern region are significantly well off than the Mandarin-speaking locals in the north of the province. This economic variation has brought great tension between these two groups of residents. In general, China continues to be endowed with significant coal, petroleum, and natural gas deposits. These resources have resulted in increased production of mineral products and technological advancement, making China become a force in the modern technological world.

Regardless of the increased economic advancement in the nation, there is a huge variation between the rich and the poor. This is contrary to the illustration the interviewee painted concerning her country, China. It is, however, true that China has transport network. This conveniently serves the public and visitors touring the nation. Within the road network, there are long-distance buses and city buses, and taxis, which are useful in moving large masses of people from one region to the other.

Personal Opinion

The interviewee was proud of her country and her province so much that she talked very highly of her people and her government. This is irrespective of the challenges they face, just as any other country undergoing the present economic hardships. Nevertheless, the information she gave me regarding her country was majorly true. The only shortcoming is that she failed to point out weaknesses in her government and challenges her people may be undergoing. One reason for this may be her confidence in overcoming the challenges and becoming more stable country in the world. However, a minimal cultural variation was uncovered in the research. Considering the minimal variation in the information offered, I would support the interviewee at an eight, on the scale of 0 to 10.

Conclusion

China is among the fastest developing countries in the world. This is in light with interview and research conducted. Irrespective of the challenges the nation may be undergoing, her citizens are optimistic that they will overcome them and economic stability would be attained. One attribute to this stability is the women empowerment and change in cultural perception that limited her citizens. With the open opportunities to women, the country is likely to progress very fast in all spheres.

 

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