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How Becoming a “Yes Gal” Amplified My China Experience

日期: 2017-07-12
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来源: Leanne Overby

How Becoming a “Yes Gal” Amplified My China Experience


How Becoming a “Yes Gal” Amplified My China Experience


Flashback to July 2016.


It's 9:45pm on Wednesday night. I'm sat at a table in front of my laptop in my parent's cold basement (they love to crank the a/c in the summer). I've logged into Skype and am eagerly waiting for Seadragon's call to start my 10:00pm interview with what could possibly be the school I spend the next 10 months teaching at in China. As I glance over my interview notes, I take a deep breath and look at the clock: 9:59. Let's do this. 


I speak with the recruiter and she connects me with Pinghu Foreign Language School (PFLS). I think back to the last interview I had: long, formal, but friendly. It went well, and an offer was made, but at this point I had been holding out for a primary school position.


After a few rings, the call goes through and the first thing I hear is several excited voices in unison giving me one of the warmest “hellos” I've ever received. The video becomes clear and I can see 10 female English teachers with smiles from ear-to-ear, waving happily at the camera. This was the moment I knew I wanted to work at PFLS, and that I was going to meet wonderful people in Shenzhen. 

………


We all know how special and significant friendships are, but I think most expats can agree that the bonds you make while living abroad and traveling are of the utmost extraordinary. It is especially wonderful when those bonds go beyond expat relationships and you become close with your Chinese colleagues and neighbours. To quote one of my dearest friends that I've met here in Shenzhen, “it's like magic”. 


Unfortunately, not everyone experiences this magical bond with their Chinese colleagues and it's usually not anyone's fault. Often it's because of language barrier and cultural differences. I consider myself lucky that I ended up in a school with outgoing staff, however, I have still had to put myself out there to turn acquaintances into friends, and to learn who the people I smile at and eat lunch with everyday really are.


For example, the second week of school there was a “surprise” photo shoot because the women of the English department all wore a qipao (traditional dress) for Teacher's Day. My contact teacher had an extra one and gave it to me to try on. I looked terrible that day – no make-up, frizzy hair, bags under my eyes from a 6:00am wakeup call—but I put on that dress and have memories that I look back on fondly.


How Becoming a “Yes Gal” Amplified My China Experience


How Becoming a “Yes Gal” Amplified My China Experience


How Becoming a “Yes Gal” Amplified My China Experience


Once on a field trip, a colleague asked me if I liked basketball. I told her I used to play in high school and she excitedly asked me if I would play on the teacher's female team. At first I was hesitant because I hadn't played in years, but I agreed and ended up having a blast. I got to meet some of the P.E. teachers and high school teachers (PLFS has primary, middle and high school), which I had never had the chance to talk with. I have been close with them ever since. Plus, word got around that I was playing on the team and it made me seem more approachable to others that were maybe too shy to come up and chat with me before.


In December, PFLS also put on a talent show called the “Fun-Fun Carnival”, and I was asked to help some middle school kids make up a dance to a pop song. I'm no choreographer, but I gave it my best shot, and ended up on stage with them dancing and singing for the school. I was asked to sing the song again at the teacher's New Year's party, and again had a blast getting up on stage with my colleagues and belting out Shakira's “Try Everything” in front of the entire PFLS staff.


During orientation week at Seadragon, a presenter gave some advice has stuck with me since day one: Don't say no all the time and smile when you walk through the hallway. 


So I've become a “yes gal”. And by doing my best to smile at everyone in the hallways and ask questions other than “how are you?”, I have forged great friendships and have had more fun than I thought possible at work. It will surprise you how much people are willing to open up, and how much you can learn about Chinese culture by showing up, saying yes, and asking questions. If you're having trouble connecting with your colleagues, ask more questions and see how you can get involved. An open mind and heart can never truly be rejected. 


做一个“好好姑娘”如何丰富了我在中国的经历


那是在周三晚上9:45。我躲在我爸妈冷冰冰的地下室里(他们喜欢在夏天开空调),坐在电脑前面。我登上Skype,热切地等着海龙和我未来可能将要留在中国任教10个月的学校老师一起在10:00给我打面试电话。我又看了一下自己的面试笔记,做了几次深呼吸,又看了下表:9:59。来吧。我先跟面试官聊了一会儿,接着她就把我和平湖外国语学校(PFLS)的老师连线。现在再回顾起那场面试:漫长、正式,但是友好。面试很顺利,我也应聘成功,但从那一刻起我也就被安排在那个小学的岗位。


几声铃响后,电话打通了,我首先听到的就是几个不同的兴奋的声音同时给了我最热情的“hello”。影像逐渐清晰起来,我看到10个满面笑容的英语女老师,在摄像头前跟我欢快地招手。从那刻起我就知道我想在平湖外国语工作,我也知道自己会在深圳碰到一帮好人。

……

我们都知道友情是多么特殊和重要,但我相信大部分外国人会同意当你在国外旅行或生活时所产生的羁绊才是最令人惊喜的。尤其是那些超越了外国人之间的关系,当你变得和周围的中方同事和邻里变得亲密的时候,才是最美妙的时候。用我在深圳新交的一位朋友的话说,“简直就是魔法”。


可惜,并不是谁都能体验到这种和中方同事的奇特羁绊,通常也不能说就是谁的过错。一般这是由语言障碍和文化差异造成的。我想我算是比较幸运的,最终我还是在一所同事比较外向的学校;不过,我还是得放开自己,把熟人变成朋友,去深入了解那些我每天微笑相待、与之共进午餐的那群人。举个例子,开学第二周,有一张“奇特”的照片被拍了下来,那天英语组的所有女老师都为了教师节穿上了旗袍(一种传统服饰)。我的联络老师刚好多了一件,于是就给我试了一下。那天我看起来特难看——没化妆,头发也都打卷儿了,因为早上6:00就被铃声吵醒,眼睛上还挂着眼袋——但我还是换上那件衣服,也得到了值得回味的记忆。


有一次郊游,一个同事问我喜不喜欢打篮球。我跟她讲我在高中时打过篮球,接着她就兴奋地问我想不想加入女子教师队。我因为有好几年都没打球了,所以我哦哦一开始比较犹豫,不过我最后还是同意了而且结果也还不错。我认识了几个我从前根本没机会认识的体育老师和高中老师(平外有小学部、初中部和高中部)。从此之后,我和他们走得相当近。还有,从人们听到我加入球队后,那些之前怕生到不愿和我聊天的人也开始觉得我比较平易近人。


在十二月,平外又举办了一场叫“Fun-Fun Carnival”的才艺秀,我被安排帮一队学生为一首流行歌排舞。我从没作过舞蹈指导,但我也全力以赴,最终让他们成功代表学校登上舞台唱歌跳舞。后来又有人让我在老师们的新年派对再唱那首歌,我和我同事们又当着全平外员工的面在台上高唱夏奇拉的Try Everything(《疯狂动物城》主题曲),并收到一阵热烈的掌声。


在接受海龙的岗前培训周时,有个主讲人给了个我牢记至今的建议:不要总说“不要”而且走在过道的时候保持微笑。


所以我渐渐成为了“好好姑娘”。在过道上对每个人保持微笑,再就是不再仅仅问“how are you?”这种简单的问题,我和其他人建立了深厚的友谊,也收获了在工作之外的意外乐趣。当你开放心态,乐于帮助和提出疑惑后,你会惊奇的发现他们多么乐于帮助,也能学到许多中国文化。如果你和你的同事产生误会,多问些问题看看你能提供什么帮助。一个开放的心态和内心是不会被完全拒绝的。




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