Dear Dairy, Sep 16, 2012 Sunday
I was so excited that I am going to Davis tomorrow! My American dream is going to come true. Maybe I will make a lot of American friends. Maybe I can experience “a party in the U.S.A” as Miley Cyrus singing in her song. Maybe I can practice my English a lot and speak with a California accent one year later. Anyway I am really tired today. I need to go to bed early so that I can suffer from the 16 hours flight tomorrow.
Dear Dairy, Sep 21, 2012 Friday
The last few days were crazy. I was so glad that I moved into my new awesome host family. They took me to play softball game and camping. I had never done these before and they were really fun! The only thing that is a little bit hard for me is drinking cold water all the time. Will there be water just at normal temperature?
Dear Dairy, Sep 24, 2012 Monday
The fall quarter started officially today! I went to my first class in Davis. It’s in a big lecture hall but I didn’t feel so weird because there were a lot of Asian students. I looked at them, wondering whether they are exchange students like me or they were American. It was really hard to tell.
Dear Dairy, Deb 29th, 2012 Saturday
I moved to my new apartment! Although I will miss my host family but I guess I will have more fun living with other UCD students.
Guess what? I have never imagined that I could have lived in a place with such diversity. My roommates have very different backgrounds, such as American, Jewish, Palestinian, Chinese, Korean and Burmese. It’s like living in a mini United Nations.
Dear Dairy, Mar 23rd, 3013 Saturday
The spring quarter went so fast, and I finally finished my last exam. When I was crossing quad today, I saw a protest for LGBT. It’s my first time to see the rainbow flag. I stood there watching them for a while but I didn’t really understand what they were doing. Who were they protest against? Or they just wanted to express their belief to whoever happened to cross the quad? I guess there might be a possibility that someone in the crowd had a totally different view but everyone respected the protesters and gave them the room to express themselves.
Dear Diary, April 11th, 2013 Thursday
I was so happy that I enrolled in the AMS30 class. Today the professor talked about the representation, and I like the idea, “When we go in search of what is profoundly American… we overlook and undervalue what doesn’t fit with the definition we choose” (Stuart, 20, “The Work of Representation”). I feel that everyone had his or her own idea or stereotype of America and the exception in stereotype only make it sound more correct. For example, when people talks about California, they might naturally come up with an image of beaches, palm trees and bikini girls. Those images are exaggerated by social media, and thus they can be very misleading. Can you enjoy a typical “California” afternoon lying on beach in Davis? Of course not! But is Davis part of California? Definitely yes!
Dear Diary, May 7, 2013 Tuesday
You know how surprised I was when I walked into library as usual today and saw the huge portrait of Indian? I walked pass this painting almost every single day but I didn’t realize it was Indian until the lecture “Playing Indian” this morning. One time I even stopped and looked closely at the painting because I felt the color contrast was really interesting, but I never connected it with “Indian”. After reading the comments of another student on the course blog, I started to realize that Indian exits in American culture in various ways, but it was me who kept ignoring it. I even took a picture with the sculpture of Seattle Chief when I was traveling in Seattle! What a shame that I didn’t really understand the historical meaning of the sculpture when I took it!
Dear Diary May 9, 2013 Thursday
It’s a pleasure to watch my first western movies today, and I discovered that the Western Culture Center was right next to the computer room in the library. I started to know that western is not only about cowboys in the movie, it exits as a culture that has influence on millions of American people.
Dear Diary May13, 2013 Monday
I went to the Asian American Movement event today. They showed us a documentary about the Asian American in entertainment industry. It’s reassuring to see the power of Asian American rising although nowadays it is so hard to name a single Asian American movie star or musician. I watched a lot of Hollywood movies and other TV series but it was so hard to find an Asian face. In the tutorials, professor told us that more than 40% of students in UC Davis are Asian American. This fact surprised me a lot. I feel that both in entertainment industry and in daily life, Asian American need to stand up more and let their voice heard.