Introductions~! Albeit a bit late….

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“Yet for me the first great joy of traveling is simply the luxury of leaving all my beliefs and certainties at home, and seeing everything I thought I knew in a different light, and from a crooked angle.” – Pico Iyer

The quote above from Pico Iyer’s “Why We Travel,” accurately describes why I personally like to spend my time traveling and exploring, not only new places, but also familiar places that I have been to before. I enjoy the exhilarating feeling of leaving everything behind and embarking with a sense of almost uncertainty into a new place. Even if I have been to a place before, each time I travel to a destination, I am filled with the same sense of novelty and excitement, while leaving with a different perception of the place each time.

Hi everyone 🙂 I would like to apologize for not being able to introduce myself to you all earlier. I discovered the class toward the end of add/drop but luckily was still able to join! My name is Yuka and I am half Japanese and half Taiwanese (Chinese). I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, however, I have moved to different countries and cities growing up. My permanent home and where I have spent a majority of my life is in Tokyo, Japan. Growing up in different places caused me to pick up the travel bug at an early age and since I have always loved flying on planes and immersing myself in different places.

Currently I am a junior at Gallatin, studying “The psychology of effective economic decision making in business” and minoring either in computer science, business studies, or even fashion design. Even though I am technically studying abroad in the United States, I wanted to study abroad at another NYU site not only because of the wonderful stories I have heard from my classmates’ experiences but also because I wanted to switch it up and study in a different place. I specifically chose Shanghai because of both academic interests and wanting to understand the how China’s history affects its people, culture, and its business markets.  

While studying abroad, I hope to develop a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and also to improve my Chinese language ability. Although I grew up speaking Chinese with my mother, I did not pick up reading and writing nor attempt to understand the mentality behind the language until more recently. Therefore, because my career interests intersect with China, I think it is important for me to understand the mentality of the Chinese people and  the best way to understand a  culture is to be fluent in all aspects of its language. This semester I am also looking forward to exploring different cities and historical sites in China, while getting to know people from different parts of the country and how they view different issues. Additionally, I can’t wait to read all of your posts and learn about the different places you guys are studying at.

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