(Real day of post: 19日4月2013年)
El cross-cultural team workshop fue muy interesante y muy divertido! I met some interesting people: Jorge de Colombia, me olvidé su nombre pero el es de Brasilia, Yoko de Japón, Mentha y Yizhou He de China (Sichuan y ja me olvidé de donde es Mentha), y Latienda de Chicago. We all agreed to hang out later. We exchanged email and cell numbers.
Jorge was at another table so he didn't get to know the others. Same with brazilian guy. I just went up to them during one of our exercises, and we started talking since then. He's interested in Chinese/asian culture.
In the elevator on the way out, me and Mentha met another guy. Jade? Jay? Jed? He is from Chicago. Since I was assigned a seat in the very front, he knew that I am from Puerto Rico, and he said, "that's not very international". These were his exact words. I said nothing back, because that showed me how much he knows about latino america or international things.....nothing. He didn't seem very open-minded about this workshop. I'm not really sure why he came....
But this was soooooo much better than sitting in japanese class!!!!!!! I don't have to deal with my classmates whom all (except for 1) are american. I wished all my classes were this internationalized like the workshop!!!!!
The workshop diversity: the 2 biggest groups were from China and US. Ah! There was also an older lady from Peru! I didn't get the chance to talk to her. :( It would have been even more great if we had more time to talk to people from different tables, and then all of us go to dinner! XD
This is why i felt so weird the first day in my florida spring break. Because there was practically almost no asian people!!! Not even indian! And even less black people! I guess I got used to that type of group...?
When I first move to US, of course I was in ESL so the only friends I had were from ESL. :P
In high school, pretty much all of my friends were asian. The rest would be indian and like......2 americans. (This was mostly because I dedicated a lot of my time to badminton: training camp all year round, and then season time. And I was also in orchestra, and most people in these 2 groups are asian; regardless if they had some pressure from their parents or choose by themselves).
And of course I was always friends with the exchange students: Edi and Flavia. (Those are the people I get along with the most. People who are more international.) I naturally found them and they naturally found me. :) Even in uni., I always somehow attract to exchange/INT students: Sachi, Ryu and Yuta. Basically, I get along with people who are more.....wordly? Because when you travel from different countries and experience different cultures, you have to mature. There's no way around that. If you don't, then you aren't an international person. I can keep explaining more aspects, but I'm already making this cellphone post kind of long....
I'm happy to have had another good experience, and meet other people who I feel excited around. I have never been that person who makes other people talk (in a comfortable way). Only recently have I learned to do that. But before I was always a bit quiet/reserved. I was less outspoken than how I am now.
Sometimes I still do have quiet moments because I am giving time for the other person to talk, or i'm not sure what to say, and because sometimes I just like silence. :) Silence is golden.