Dreams come true
I wanted to study in Belarus a lot. It happened! I am doing a course in journalism at the BSU.
The first difficulties
When I came to Minsk there were a lot of difficulties at the beginning. I could speak Russian only a little. I missed my family, my friends, my native language and our traditions.
«Two chopsticks are yin and yang…»
First of all, the Chinese mainly use fibrous foods and eat with chopsticks. Chopsticks embody yin and yang in Chinese traditional culture. When you use chopsticks, the one that moves is yang, and the one that doesn’t move is yin.
Round table is the part of the culture
Secondly, Chinese food culture is really harmonious. Chinese people use a round table to eat, because a round table means that there is no hierarchy between people. The ancients believed that eating is the most relaxing time for human beings. When eating, you should stay relaxed and happy. These are the main features of our Chinese taking meal culture.
Third, Chinese food culture favors sheji. «She» is the ancient god of earth, and «Ji» is the ancient god of valley.
The adaptation is going well!
Slowly I am getting used to everyday life in Belarus. I like the country and its kind people. We are interesting to each other because we are different!
Sun Yan, a first-year student, international journalism department
Ksenia Zaretskaya, editor