Interview

The main purpose of this assignment was to interview an Asian person and ask them about their country and country’s lifestyle. I decided to make an interview to a Chinese girl that works with her family in a shop from a town near mine and ask her some questions about her opinion of China. Swan, hasn’t lived for a long time in china but her family still has Chinese traditions and lifestyle. Her parents constantly talk to her about her hometown. She lived in China until the age of 12 when her parents had to move to Spain to find better work opportunities to offer a better life for Swan and her two sisters. Swan was my only option as her sisters are too young to remember and her parents don’t Speak a word of Spanish.

 

The way of life and manners in China are quite different from our own and we should be informed of what we will find to avoid cultural shock and integrate.

To begin we must bear in mind that apart from the political, historical and cultural conditioning, the country has experienced massive migration of the people from the urban area to the rural area. These fast changes and the mix of old traditions with today’s China, creates a cocktail where ancient traditions coexist with a fast-paced society that absorbs everything that is happening.

 

To begin our trip is necesary to specify the reason of why you are travelling to China, becouse is not as easy as buying the ticket and going there, due to political reasons. They make you present the hotel and flight reservation and a visa given by the Chinesse Consulate.

When you arrive to China, you do it with your turist, work or student visa. But later you need to get temporary residence permit, which is mandatory for every foreing visitors. If you are a student, your university will give you one.

 

Swan told me that living in China is not than expensive. To travel within cities, it is more practical to use the subway or bus. Swan recomended the bus for medium size cities, the price ist´s arround 12 cents. Per ride which is paid on the same bus, you can also buy a monthly bonus for various trips. For large cities, it is better to use subway, it reaches almost everywhere and it´s fast, clean and economical (arround 30 cent per ride).

Buying or eating food in China is very affordable. The Price for a normal menú in a restaurant can cost arround 4 or 5 euros. Although you can go to luxury places where it will be more expensive or you can go to the stalls, where you can eat cheaper.

If you want to rent a house there are webs where you can do it, but only if you speack chinease, they probably won´t rent you anything if you are a foreigner. In that case you should go to an agency.

 

The best places to study in China are in the north side. Swan explained me if she had to studuy in China, she would avoid Shangai and the south part of china, becouse they don´t speak a good chinease. She added ‘‘From all the TV channels that exist in china, you will never see any News caster with a south accent.

 

I was really interested in how chinease people treated foreign visitors, and i was very pleaced with her answer. Apparently chinease people really like having foreign visitors in the country. They are really curious about foreigner looks(europeans and americans), they sometimes come up to you and try to talk in english the best they can. They will also ask you to take a picture with you.

 

Now that we now that chinease people accept us, let´s see if they see us as more than ‘‘friends’’. Swan mentioned that chinease women are usually atracted by:

 

-Speaking a good english, chinease women look for a good english accent on foreingers.

 

-Your posibilities of getting a chinease girlfriend increase if you are european or american.

 

-They like men with a really White skin, chinease women dont´ usually likeblack skin people, like afroamerican or arab people.

 

Knowing that china doesn´t have the perfect health situation, due to pollution, I wanted to know more about the health care in Chnina. Swan told me that there are public and private hospitals, but the thing is, you can be dying in the door of the hospital but the won´t help you until you pay. China has experimented boldly with diverse approaches to national health care. While its leaders have made missteps, their most recent attempts are now yielding gains, notably in establishing a solid primary care foundation. The Chinese health system will be interesting to watch as it continues to evolve and improve.

 

But there are also really good things like electronic market, transport… Chinease cities are well structured and organized, you can find there whatever prodct you need. Comparing Spain with China, China is ‘‘cheaper’’, especially if you go as a turist. Swan added:’’Everything will look incredibly cheap, but as you stay more time in the country you will realice that is not that cheap’’.

 

In conclusion, China will test your ability to adapt, such as language, personal, employment and business relationships, protocol, health, banking, culture of money and savings, festive gatherings, there is pressure to marry, transport, holidays, superstitions, consumer habits, food and a thousand other things that are simply too many topics we can review here.

 

JORGE GONZÁLEZ HIDALGO.

Interview

Xiaomei Huáng is a Chinese origin journalist graduated in journalism and holder of a master’s degree in communication of organizations to which I decided to interview for this work because it cost me a lot to find someone appropriate.

+ Why did you decide to study in Spain?

  • At first I tried to access to a very good Chinese university but could not because of the vast amount of competition there. The problem there is that in a thousand requests are accepted twenty or less.
  • That’s the reason why I came here.

+ What helped with the paperwork in Spain?

  • I came with the help of anagency dedicated to helping Chinese students to come to Spain to study.
  • They solve problems as requesting an university and when you get to Spain they locates you a language center, a student’s residence and arrange your papers.

+ Why do you think there are so many Chinese people studying a master’s degree in Spain?

  • Because it is very easy to apply for the master here, they do not have manyneeds and if you come from a bad Chinese university you can do it likewise.

It is easier to access than in China.

+ Do you know other ways to come from to Spain from China to study?

  • For example bystudent exchange or for a doctorate.

+ Why did you choose to study journalism?

  • I chose it overcoat to improve the Spanish.
  • I did the communication of organizations master’s degree because when I was in the career I realized that this was the area that I liked the most.
  • I also think that today it is easier to get a job with a master’s degree than only with an university’s degree.

+ What do you do when you finish studying here?

  • I want to go back to China and work in a multinational company.

+ Does Studying in Spain increases your chances of finding work?

  • Honestly I’m not sure but I think at least I can work in a company with different

+ What would you advise a Chinese student coming to Spain?

  • Is a very a good experience and the only bad thing is that youhave to come back to China.

 

In conclusion I like to say this cost me a lot becouse I couldn’t find any appropiate person for the interview and the person I have found couldn’t answer me more questions. I would have liked to make a more interesting and a bigger interview but this is the best I could find.

 

Interview realized by Carlos Diez Fortes

Interview

The main purpose of this assignment was to interview an Asian person and ask them about their country and country’s lifestyle. I decided to make an interview to a Chinese girl that works with her family in a shop from a town near mine and ask her some questions about her opinion of China. Swan, hasn’t lived for a long time in china but her family still has Chinese traditions and lifestyle. Her parents constantly talk to her about her hometown. She lived in China until the age of 12 when her parents had to move to Spain to find better work opportunities to offer a better life for Swan and her two sisters. Swan was my only option as her sisters are too young to remember and her parents don’t Speak a word of Spanish.

 

To begin our trip is necesary to specify the reason of why you are travelling to China, becouse is not as easy as buying the ticket and going there, due to political reasons. They make you present the hotel and flight reservation and a visa given by the Chinesse Consulate.

When you arrive to China, you do it with your turist, work or student visa. But later you need to get temporary residence permit, which is mandatory for every foreing visitors. If you are a student, your university will give you one.

If you want to rent a house there are webs where you can do it, but only if you speack chinease, they probably won´t rent you anything if you are a foreigner. In that case you should go to an agency.

 

The best places to study in China are in the north side. Swan explained me if she had to studuy in China, she would avoid Shangai and the south part of china, becouse they don´t speak a good chinease. She added ‘‘From all the TV channels that exist in china, you will never see any News caster with a south accent.

 

I was really interested in how chinease people treated foreign visitors, and i was very pleaced with her answer. Apparently chinease people really like having foreign visitors in the country. They are really curious about foreigner looks(europeans and americans), they sometimes come up to you and try to talk in english the best they can. They will also ask you to take a picture with you.

 

Now that we now that chinease people accept us, let´s see if they see us as more tan ‘‘friends’’. Swan mentioned that chinease women are atracted by:

-Speaking a good english, chinease women look for a good english accent on foreingers.

-Your posibilities of getting a chinease girlfriend increase if you are european or american.

-They like men with a really White skin, chinease women dont´ usually likeblack skin people, like afroamerican or arab people.

 

Knowing that china doesn´t have the perfect health situation, due to pollution i wanted to know more about the health care in Chnina. Swan told me that there are public and private hospitals, but the thing is, you can be dying in the door of the hospital but the won´t help you until you pay.

But there are also really good things like electronic market, transport… Chinease cities are well structured and organized, you can find there whatever prodct you need. Comparing Spain with China, China is ‘‘cheaper’’, especially if you go as a turist. Swan added:’’Everything will look incredibly cheap, but as you stay more time in the country you will realice that is not that cheap’’.

 

To conclude this assigment was difficult for me, first of all becouse I couldn´t find any asian person in my atmosphere that could ask these cuestions. I would have liked to go deeply into this interview and learn more about asian´s culture, but this was the best i could find.

 

Jorge González Hidalgo.

Myanmar´s traffic

In yuan, 8.000. In dollars, 1,300. In euros, 1,100. That was the price for how much Khin Khin Oo was sold in the chinese market trafficking. This is what happens to many young ladies, mostly in Myanmar but also in other parts of Asia. In this case, her father “needed” to buy more heroin, that is way he sold her.

The child´s grandmother, Ma Shan, tells the incident. “My son is addicted to heroin, so we have no money” says while Soe Khin -her son- was staring with a blank look on his face from a couple of meters away in the darkness of the house. Ma Shan tells that, one day her son came to get his daughter to hers and after four days whithout knowing about her she started to worry and suspected the worst. Something was wrong. She turned into a detective and went to investigate the whereabouts of her disappeared granddaughter. She talked to some of the friends of Soe Khin. In the end she concluded that he was in financial trouble, “he lost all his money playing cards” she outlines.

This is when the Burmese police got involved. They found Soe Khin and he confessed that, with the help of a local woman, the father sold his daughter to a chinese dealer. The police followed the trail to the Chinese border town of Ruili, where they discovered that Khin Khin Oo had been sold again, this time for 12,000 -2,000 in dollars and 1,600 in euros- to a childless couple who wanted to adopt.

After a week and a joint venture with the chinese police, Khin Khin Oo was rescued and returned to his grandmother. The grandmother said she could not eat and she was so worried. Khin Khin Oo luckily had been well treated by the chinese partner. Apparently he never realized that she had been subjected to human trafficking. Her grandmother received her in Hankan. However, fearing for her safety, she sent her back to China to live with her aunt.

Mercifully this little girl had a happy end to her experience but still nowadays there are people not as lucky as Khin Khin Oo. The number of human trafficking cases continued to rise in Myanmar State, which borders China and Thailand, according to statistics released by the government’s anti-human trafficking team. In the first eight months of this year, there were 82 recorded cases of human trafficking throughout Myanmar: The cases involved 444 people: 392 of whom have been rescued. Of total, 325 were adult males, 119 adult females and 23 children.

The main destination is China, with Thailand coming in second. These include cases of forced marriage, forced labour, prostitution and child trafficking.

The living proof of what´s happening in North Korea

Shin Dong-Hyuk, born in a northkorean concentration camp, escaped at the age of 23, becoming the first person running away from that hell and showing the world the fatalities that were done in between those walls.

Activists For North Korean Human Rights Rally In Washington

Shin Dong-Hyuk (Photo: Getty)

The first memory from his childhood was an execution. He was walking by the hand of his mother while the guards forced them to look at the wall. There, a man with his face covered and his hands tied, was begging for his life. Suddenly, four shots were heard and the man fell to the ground dead. No one cried or asked why he was killed. Throughout his life this scene was repeated again and again until he got used to it. Over time he came to believe that hard work was the only way to redeem their sins, that death of traitors was fair, that hunger and torture were natural and, that awful place was his home. Since his birth the only world he knew was The Field Number 14. Shin was one of the more than 150,000 prisoners from North Koreans camps, where they work 15 hours a day in farms, mines and factories until they die of exhaustion. They slept on the bare floor. No beds, no chairs or tables. Nothing. They only had electricity two hours a day. They didn’t have soap, socks, underwear or even toilet paper. As they had almost no food, they hunted frogs, rats and bugs to calm their hunger. Once he found three grains of corn in a pile of muck and “as miserable as it may seem, that was my lucky day”. This is how he gained courage enough to escape without a map and no idea of what layed beyond the walls in where, like other prisoners, was sentenced to life imprisonment for political offenses.

 

Shin’s body has recorded everything. His bones are stunted by malnutrition, his abdomen still has the mark of the hook they used to hang him from as form of torture, he has a missing finger because he accidentally dropped a sewing machine while he was working, he has marks of burnings from head-to-toe from the electric fence he passed to escape. This is only a bit of the struggle of his life.

 

Shin was completely indoctrinated and so, at age 14, when he overheard a conversation between his mother and his brother about the possibility of escaping, did not hesitate to report them to a guard. Within a few hours of having betrayed, his mother was hanged and his brother was executed. Shin felt he had done his duty. “To me they represented only other prisoners, because I had no concept of family,” says the young. But the guards did not reward his act of loyalty, on the contrary, they accused him of being his accomplice and he was subjected to the worst humiliations to make him confess.

 

Nine years later, he ran away. He was working in the garment factory camp where he met a prisoner who had seen the outside world and described it in detail. His new friend told him about televisions, computers and cell phones. He even had to explain to him that the world was round.

 

On January the 2nd, 2005, while they were collecting firewood in a mountainous corner of the field, they noticed that the guards were distracted and ran towards the fence. His friend was the first to attempt to cross it but he was electrocuted. His body slumped over the wire and created enough space for Shin to slip through the two wires and make it to freedom.

 

According to the interview of Anderson Cooper.