A Nation’s Culture Resides in the Hearts of its People

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Night View from West Lake, Hangzhou

The Chinese are a very proud people. I was lucky enough to meet a great many individuals along my trip to China. Many of the people I met I have created a strong friendship with such as a woman named Jia Yi Liu (刘佳益).

I met Jia Yi on our last night in Hangzhou whilst at dinner with the rest of the MAIGC program. We had exchanged WeChat ID’s, and through WeChat, I was able to ask her what made her proud t to be Chinese and, more specifically, from Hangzhou.

Hangzhou is a famous city with a long history, so it has a lot of particular cultures which reflect the distinct characteristics that make up the city.

When asked about China, Jia Yi said she is proud that China has over 5,000 years of history. The history can be seen through the incredible architecture of the historical buildings and landmarks such as the Palace Museum, the Great Wall, and so many others.

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Jia Yi is proud of the speed of China’s development. During my visit, I saw several skyscrapers being built at remarkable speeds. I am hoping that the United States can learn a thing or two from China when it comes to building development for it takes China a month to build 10 skyscrapers whereas it takes many American planners months to build one small apartment building.

Jia Yi was most proud to be from Hangzhou. The city of Hangzhou was my favorite city we visited in China due to its beauty. Jia Yi said, “Hangzhou is a famous city with a long history, so it has a lot of particular cultures which reflect the distinct characteristics that make up the city.”

Hangzhou is also famous for its highly developed economics and technology services with organizations such as Geely and Alibaba. But Jia Yi’s favorite aspect of the city is the human interaction that Hangzhou gives.

– Paymon Kashani
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