Reflections on blending
I have only been in China for about a week and classes have only just begun today, thus I do not have many experiences for me to reflect upon.
Despite my lack of skills in literacy in the Chinese language, it seems that I blend in with the people in Beijing well enough that I am never labeled as a foreigner. This has gotten me strange looks when I find myself asking people to help me read signs and posts or walking around the nearby supermarket in circles for extremely long periods of time searching for every day things that was in front of me all along. I have also had the unique experience of somehow blazing through the registration process while it took other similar students hours of waiting on various lines. Unfortunately, the speed of my registration also meant that I didn't receive notices on orientation (which I apparently accidentally skipped ) or when I was getting tested on my placement in Chinese (I ended up hunting down a teacher/professor).
Fitting in this well in what I suppose would be considered a foreign country for now is a bit strange, but fully appreciated. When I visited Taiwan with my father a few years ago, we stayed with relatives and family friends, it was known among them that I was a foreigner, that I was an ABC (American Born Chinese) and was treated as such (ex. Oh my! You can speak Chinese!). However, here I am seen as just another Chinese person (who might be a trifle touched in the head).