QIAN LIAO’S Story

by QIAN LIAO

Change
I have changed a lot in half a year in Canada. The most important thing is my thought. I am Chinese and I think China is a half-open country. This may have caused my ideas to be dated and closed. But entering Canada has made important changes to my view of the world.
In the past 20 years. I think the woman must be slim. And has the big eyes with white skin and so on. That’s what beauty is all  about. When I first came to Canada, I was so surprised! Why some people were so fat and dared to wear shorts? Why does a man so short or ugly have such a beautiful girlfriend? Why does some people always wear short sleeves? Too many problems make me confused. But, the most difficult things for me to accept is that Taiwan is a country.
Last month I read a short article in class, which said  that Taiwan is a country and I’m really shocked and sad. Since childhood, my teachers, my parents and everything everyone around me taught me that Taiwan is a part of China. That really hurt me. I think these words like to separate my country. After I finished class I thought a lot. I searched lots of information online and I read many netizens writing online. Now, my idea has a big change. I can understand the native people of Taiwan now. They might be able to recognize our origin are the same many years ago. We are the descendants of the dragon. But they were born in Taiwan, they grew up in Taiwan. In fact, Taiwan has its own army, law and government. They love their land as much as I love my land.
What I can do now is to understand what they are thinking, and to have my own position at the same time. I feel much better now. I’m more comfortable that I can stand in other people’s eyes to understand different thinking. It’s the biggest change for me. I am beginning to appreciate the beauty that is different from the past: The brown skin looks so healthy; The little eyes are cute; Maybe the shorter ones are flexible; The girl in the short skirt is so confident. I am not tall and not thin, I am not white and my eyes aren’t really big, but I no longer feel that I am inferior to others. And I’m not confined to the thin space. I’m really thankful to Canada for teaching me this lesson.

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