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Blog:Sep, 2011

What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University

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Name:Kohei Sato
Affiliation at Waseda:Political Science and Economics Department
Field of Reserch at Waseda : Modern Chinese Politics, Foreign Diplomacy
Academic Supervisor at Waseda : Professor TANG Liang
University visited:China, Fudan University (Double Degree Program)
Length of study:September 2010 to July 2011

1.First encounter with China.
The first time I stepped on Chinese soil was the summer of 2002.
The airport was darker than in Japan, there were a few people wearing khaki colored clothes and the city had few lights so it got very dark at night.
My first impression of China was that it was a dark country.
I was given the opportunity to visit China again in 2007 on the Government sponsored Japan-China High School exchange program.
I saw the change in China with my own eyes. There were more lights and the people’s clothes were diverse. I was greatly surprised that culture could change so quickly over a span of five years.
Much had happened between Japan and China from 2002 to 2007.
There was the anti-Japanese movement during the Asia world cup, the controversy around the Yasukuni shrine and disputes over the East China Sea to name a few.
Seeing the daily life of the Chinese people and drastic changes in China sparked my curiosity, and my desire to understand the culture better drove me to study abroad in China.

2. Why Shanghai?
People hold universities from capital cities in high regard. However I chose Fudan University in Shanghai over Peking University in the capital. I sometimes wonder how many people would know I studied in Shanghai if they heard the name “Fudan.”
When people ask me I tell them it’s because the transportation is so convenient I can travel to and from there very easily but I have other reasons too.
Shanghai’s history is very deep and meaningful in this modern age that we live in.
You can see modern history events taking place in Shanghai, the great powerful countries are starting to settle there and Shanghai was the site that held the first Chinese Communist party convention. Being someone who is interested in modern history, I wanted to go and visit these historical landmarks.
Another reason is Chinese journalism. The media in China is said to be restricted on their content by the government. However, only a few people could explain to me how the government controlled the media with what they said or did so I wanted to go and find out for myself.
Lastly, I wanted to get in to every nook and cranny of China through making my base in Shanghai. The impression we have from the Japanese media of China is a combination of awe over its long history and sense of threat from its economic development.
In order to form good relations with our “giant” neighboring country, we must first try to understand where they are coming from. It was great to fulfill this desire through foreign exchange.

3. A representative of Waseda, a representative of Japan.

I am asked “What do you think about … (Japanese culture or political issues)?”
I reply to this question keeping in mind that my voice will influence how he/she views Waseda students and Japanese people. Not very many Chinese people have had the opportunity to visit Japan so many people have told me I am the first Japanese person they have met.
Waseda University is widely known in China, much more than Japanese people would imagine. Even when I visited smaller cities some people knew about Waseda.
Waseda has been receiving exchange students from China since the Qing dynasty period.
Waseda holds an image of excellence there because of people who have come before me who have helped with the development of China with Waseda University.
So I was always careful with my words and what impression I would give them as a representative of Waseda.

4. A way to get to know China.
The way to get to know China is to visit many towns and cities in China and become friends with the local Chinese people.
In Heilongjiang the temperature can drop -30 degrees Celsius but Shanghai is about the same climate as Tokyo in winter time.
You can eat meals that bring out the natural flavors of the foods in Fujian, and in Beijing you can eat salty foods rich in fat.
There are different dialects, culture, food and climates in different parts of China.
By travelling inside China I could sense the vastness and diversity of the country.
At the same time I couldn’t deny the negative impacts of modern society, the destruction of cultural landmarks, and factories polluting rivers and lakes.

Another way of better understanding China was to not only to see it from the inside but to see it from the perspective of remote areas by neighboring countries.
I went to the border towns by Russia, North Korea, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
Some of these remote towns had no contrast in culture but some had two different civilizations living side by side to each other.
There I had the chance to taste idyllic lifestyles with the indigenous people, and the tension that comes from living on the border. Things I would of never have had the chance to experience in Japan.
At Fudan University many of my friends shared their experiences growing up, talking about their families and hometowns which helped me to better understand their culture,
In these ways, I got to know China very well. I think this method would work for studying abroad in any country.

I gained so many new things through the exchange program. New friends I made in China, meeting the indigenous people, foods I had never eaten before, climates I had never experienced. All these things have given me knowledge and experiences which will be useful in the future and I have learned a better approach to meeting people who are different to me.

In the past, only those elite who went to the Tokyo Imperial University or part of the military forces could go on foreign exchange. That was then but now with your determination and support from those around you it is possible to go study abroad.
Many great political and cultural leaders in China like Sun Yat-sen and Luxun have come and studied on exchange in Japan. They came here to learn about the way we live and think about things here in Japan and through friendly rivalry developed new skills here. To go to a foreign country for a long period of time as a student, it starts off as a culture shock when you see the world others live in.  However, as you are exposed to new cultures, values and perceptions, it makes you think and then eventually opens up your mind and becomes a part of you.
Studying abroad starts out with one small step but looking back I think it becomes a life changing step for everyone who goes through it.
 
A message to the members of WiN:
I define “Diversity” as an encounter with something/someone you are not familiar with. I hope WiN will continue to spread the message of “A diverse Waseda” to people and that people here will value diversity more and more. 

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Picnic at Fudan University campus with some of my friends from Hong Kong.

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At a Bazaar in Urumqi, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Why are those who've experienced study abroad programs a little different? -Full Japanese SILS student reveals the whole story of studying abroad -

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Name:Kai Toyonaga
Period Attended at Waseda:2008 to presentt
Affiliation at Waseda:School of International Liberal Studies ( 2008  to present)
Host University: University of Warwick (United Kingdom)

This is just an ordinary persons experience note about a study abroad program. I have written here what I saw and what I felt. If considering to study abroad, please build your own perspective by also reading other experience notes and hearing about your college seniors personal experiences.


August 2009, landing at London Heathrow Airport I was filled with hope. I knew that from this day on I would have a new lifestyle and a new self. It was a big opportunity to change myself and believed I could accomplish this all easily.
 
The type of study abroad I had in mind was one of those that anybody would think idealistically about when I spoke of it and like those you see on group study abroad promotional sites. I would have my morning discussion class in an international environment and naturally we would all go out to have a friendly lunch. In the afternoon, in the big lecture hall, I would sit next to the blonde girl I got acquainted to and take down my notes for the class, and later on sweat it out on the sports ground. Once getting home to the dormitory I would be greeted like family by my flat mates and we would cook dinner together and spend the night drinking and talking away…

I was so naïve… To even think I was expecting to gain all this without any effort was so wrong of me.
Well, let me briefly tell you what kind of life style I did have.
In one word: boring.
I had about 6~7 classes a week and these classes were nowhere near to the friendly environment I had in mind. As soon as class was over everyone would leave in a hurry and I had no chance to mingle. Even when I got back to the dormitory, the English students would all be huddled up in a group, speaking very fast British English that I found hard to understand.
They mostly ignored me and at night would disappear off to the clubs. Even when I did tag along I wasn’t able to have much fun.
There were group activities (student organizations) as well but nothing like those back home in Japan. There were hardly any depth of devotion or connection between the students and yet again, as soon as the group activity was over, everyone would leave in a hurry. I would then realize that I was all alone. I had no friends.
I began to lose confidence in myself and was unable to start up anything for myself for 2 months.
Right before I started to panic about my study abroad, I realized something: The environment in England is very much different from the one back in Japan. It is very daunting. However, if the environment changed, I myself must also change.
Not such a big deal then. In Japan it is easier to experience fulfillment without having to be proactive. Many things are set in advance for you, such as your part-time job, group activities and classes. Then what did I do to change? I realized the answer was to create my own path.
If you change your perspective on things, being bored only means you have more time on your hands. This was a great opportunity to challenge myself to become independent and build initiative. From then onwards I was driven to find activities on my own. Let me give 3 examples. First: Language Exchange. I was part of the Japan Society group and suggested them to organize an activity where students interested in Japanese culture and language can learn. By half forcefully creating an opportunity to interact with local students it allowed me to understand the cultural wall between us. Second: Sports Activity. I was part of 3 different sports group activities and I made friends by asking people to practice with me one-on-one. This was a great idea since even the people who hurried off home would stay behind and we would hang out at the pubs for a drink, or to watch the soccer match. I became very close to the friends I made through the sports clubs and we would cook meals together, go on holidays and I was able to call some of them my close friends. Third: Study. My goal at the moment is to increase my level in English therefore I wished to increase my English level through discussions and such. Therefore I gathered other study abroad program students with the same interests and held discussions in small groups using textbook materials from Waseda.

By continuing to build up on these small efforts, before I knew it I had a small group of friends around me.
From those days that I complained about how bored I was, I managed to develop it into days where I was busy with fulfillment.

Finally the day had come, July 23rd 2010: the day for me to go back home to Japan. 2 friends I had especially become close to came to the airport to see me off. Just before heading to the gates I hugged them goodbye in tears. At this moment amidst all the sorrow I felt the success of my study abroad experience. The harder it is to say goodbye, the more fulfilling was the time that I spent there.

This is about all I can talk about my experiences. How was it and is this what you would of imagined? Studying abroad is not such an easy thing to do and if you allow yourself to just sit back and do nothing it will pass you by very quickly. But if you take initiative and make things happen for yourself, the things you can learn and obtain is limitless. I am certain that I was able to change myself through my study abroad experience. Even after half a year since I returned to Japan, I have continued to take initiative and it now lives within me as part of my DNA. I know that my life right now is fulfilled as a result of my study abroad experience.
After reading this, if you feel like you would also like to go on a study abroad program I strongly suggest you visit the Center for International Education.
The door to the world is always open.

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Visited Egypt during my study abroad

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At a desert camps in Africa

 

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