Katharina – New in Chengdu
大家好！Hello my name is Katharina, I am 24, from Germany and I just arrived in China last week. After landing in Beijing I immediately left for Jinan to visit a Chinese friend and then went on to Yangzhou to visit some old friends of mine. This weekend I arrived in Chengdu and started my internship at InternChina.
I studied Cultures and Societies of Asia, with main focus on Chinese Studies and Ethnology at University of Cologne and just finished my Bachelor’s degree. I have been fascinated with Asian culture, especially China and Japan, since I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and Anime. As I love to study languages as well I decided to study Chinese and go to China.
I spent my year abroad from 2010 until 2011 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province. It is a relatively small city, but maybe some of you know Jiang Zemin, who was born there and during his political years helped to develop the city a lot. The atmosphere was very relaxed and there weren’t too many foreigners which helped to improve my Chinese. I still met many people from all over the world and it was a great experience.
As I approach the end of my studies I was looking for chances to go back to China as soon as possible. I found out about InternChina and thought this would be a great way to gain work experience in the field of cultural exchange and come back to Chengdu, which I have visited before and loved. Although I am not used to eating spicy food I will learn slowly, or as Chinese would say 慢慢来Mànmànlái. Jenny, Kenny and the other office interns received me very friendly. I am looking forward to improve my Chinese, learn a lot of new things and meet many nice people and of course to see the panda bears again 😉