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Hello to anyone reading, welcome to my blog! My name is Joshua but feel free to just call me Josh for short. I am a US citizen using this site to gain a better understanding of what is going on in China. I will also be using this site to meet new people and hear their perspectives on current issues. I will also be using this site as a platform to share my thoughts on many different subjects including politics, technology, education, news, and things going on in my own life. If you are at all interested in my perspective on a topic feel free to share the article or topic with me. I am always open to discourse so if you want to talk about something feel free to send me a message. I love to hear new perspectives on topics, especially on a Chinese based site. I plan to move to China after graduation so learning as much as I can about the thoughts of the native people is imperative


I would like to use the second part of this blog post to share a bit about myself. I am a 21 year old university student. I attend Miami University, a school in the State of Ohio. I have lived in this state my entire life. I am majoring in BIS, which is an Undergraduate Integrative Studies degree. My concentrations are child development, cross cultural leadership, and family services. Politics is my first passion but over the years I have developed a great respect for teachers, which is why I entered the field of education.  I have seen how education can and has made a difference in the lives of people around me, it definitively has in mine, it's my dream to have the same impact. Because of this I will continue my education after graduation. I plan to earn a Master's degree in TESOL Education from the University of Cincinnati before or possible while I am in China depending on many factors. 


If you have any questions feel free to ask! Thanks for reading!

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-4-11 10:58
Thanks for sharing here, we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report JoshShoemaker 2016-4-11 11:05
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing here, we have highlighted your blog.
Awesome, thanks!
Reply Report MichaelM 2016-4-11 14:49
Great job, Josh! Welcome to China Daily!
Reply Report MichaelM 2016-4-11 14:52
Josh is a 21 year old student at Miami University in Ohio. I recommended him to start blogging here after I met him in my WeChat English Club. I want to welcome him by sharing his blog intro with others here.
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2016-4-11 15:05
Welcome Josh. I have visited three times Miami University in the beautiful Oxford of Ohio - a great campus with Ivy League feel but a state school of high reputation. The Director of International Education is a long standing friend of mine !  Time for out to get out of that State soon though ! :-)
Reply Report Chengking 2016-4-11 16:06
Welcome, Josh. Nice to make your acquaintance and look forward to your next post.
Reply Report JoshShoemaker 2016-4-11 17:25
ColinSpeakman: Welcome Josh. I have visited three times Miami University in the beautiful Oxford of Ohio - a great campus with Ivy League feel but a state school of  ...
Small world! I have actually been in contact with that department as I plan to spend a semester in Chengdu before I graduate. Did you attend Miami at some point in the past?
Reply Report JoshShoemaker 2016-4-11 17:25
MichaelM: Great job, Josh! Welcome to China Daily!
Thanks for recommending it to me!
Reply Report JoshShoemaker 2016-4-11 17:26
Chengking: Welcome, Josh. Nice to make your acquaintance and look forward to your next post.
Thanks! I will try to post often.  
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-4-11 17:55
Hi Josh! Glad to meet you. Do you know where in China you'd like to live? What grade would you be interested in teaching?
Reply Report TedM 2016-4-11 18:52
Welcome. Might I suggest trawling around the blogs that have been written. Enjoy China. Patience and humour necessary!
Reply Report JoshShoemaker 2016-4-11 20:17
TedM: Welcome. Might I suggest trawling around the blogs that have been written. Enjoy China. Patience and humour necessary!
I will be sure to do that!
Reply Report JoshShoemaker 2016-4-11 20:20
teamkrejados: Hi Josh! Glad to meet you. Do you know where in China you'd like to live? What grade would you be interested in teaching?
Thus far I only have experience with kindergartners. I believe I would like to work with children between the ages of 10 and 16. I am not sure where I will live but I am hoping to be away from the ocean and in a city with less than 5 million people.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-11 20:55
Welcome Josh, although I would warn you in advance, take all opinions on here with a pinch of salt (And stay away from BBS for your sanity's sake, delving in their is like entering the darkest dungeon....)

China is a big big place, I could tell you all the good things and bad things of China but really I would be meaning Harbin, where I live.Every city in China is like a small country on its own and are all very different.  It is good you want to learn before you come, however do come and experience it for yourself. I would just say, do not build up a picture in your mind as I think, and I speak for almost everyone, that China simply will not match the expectations in your mind.

As for where to go (which I know you didn't ask, but I will include it), I would put it simply like this:

If you want to study Chinese, come to the north, north of beijing north. The accent is the clearest, and westerners are few, you will be forced into learning the language, the best method.

If you want to teach English (which I think you do), go south...thats where the money and quality of life is along with the better schools. Everything is just awesome sauce down there apparently.

Of course, the choice is ultimately your own, do not let us random internet people be a major influence in your life, go with what you think is cool, research it and ask questions.

And finally, welcome to China daily, nice to get to know you!
Reply Report JoshShoemaker 2016-4-12 09:26
seanboyce88: Welcome Josh, although I would warn you in advance, take all opinions on here with a pinch of salt (And stay away from BBS for your sanity's sake, del ...
Hello Sean, thanks for the advice! Based on what you have said the north may be a better fit. I do want to teach but I also want to learn, I am not so concerned with the pay. Have a great day!
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-4-12 10:45
JoshShoemaker: Thus far I only have experience with kindergartners. I believe I would like to work with children between the ages of 10 and 16. I am not sure where I ...
Well, I'm sure you will manage to find a place far from the ocean. As for a city with less than 5 million... good luck!  
I share your excitement for this new adventure. Thanks for letting us be a part of it.
Reply Report Ted180 2016-4-12 17:25
Unlike Michael M and others, I've never been to China. On this site you will relate to people from all over the world. Most of the Chinese you meet here will be much more internationalist and sophisticated than average Chinese. You may be surprised by the wide variety of political opinions (some quite extreme, but most quite moderate). There is basically NO political censorship on this US branch of China Daily. This continues to amaze me; but this is the best policy for the Chinese government in dealing with foreigners. Extreme impoliteness and extreme obscenity ARE censored. Welcome Josh   .
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-12 18:48
JoshShoemaker: Hello Sean, thanks for the advice! Based on what you have said the north may be a better fit. I do want to teach but I also want to learn, I am not so ...
Well if you ever do come to the north, thats where I am (harbin, heilongjiang).

If you are ever in the area, let me know :) always happy to meet a friend.

Just to warn you though, its cold here, -30 celsius in the winter, the Arctic is -50...so you get the picture.
Reply Report SEARU 2016-4-13 22:26
You are at golden age! Bright future is waiting for you!
Reply Report AndrewCraven 2016-4-16 21:33
Changchun, the city to the south of Harbin, is also in the north of China, not colder but the temperature will drop to minus 25 celcius in winter, with the population of 3 million people.

It is a plain, far from ocean, so in spring the wind blows hard. The air pollution here is worse in winter, but for the rest of the year, it is just OK.

Two famous universities lie in this place, if you have the interest, check it on internet.

That's all what I can mention that could help you for your Chinese journey.

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