Taking the sunshine along on my adventure
I started my journey from Kunming, Yunnan, China to America in the middle of August 2011. During a 20-hour flight with three transfers, throwing up the entire journey with airsickness, I imagined the inscription on my tomb, “Here lies Wanfei. She loved her dream and adventure to death.” Though I suffered getting here, I’ve enjoyed my time in this foreign country. Every day has been an adventure.
This is the first time I worked in a totally non-Chinese environment. I worried about culture shock and the language barrier. But the situation was better than I’d imagined it. I can feel the big difference between Chinese and American media. Also, though I’ve previously interned for a website and a radio/TV station, this is my first experience in print publishing. I learned a lot. It improved my information gathering skills, and definitely helped me improve my English—both speaking and in writing. It gave me a lot of opportunities to practice my poor English. It gave me a sense of where and how much I need to learn and improve. I am excited to see my name in the magazine at the very first time. (Editor’s Note: Read Wanfei’s contribution to App Watch in the February issue of Book Business.)
It’s time to say goodbye, though I don’t really want to do. Luckily, on my last day here the sun finally came out. There wasn’t a cloud in the blue sky. I am thankful. I will pack the sunshine and smiles from NAPCO and my Philadelphia adventure with me.
Editor’s Note: Wanfei is now back in Mississippi, but, an ever-curious traveller, she delayed her return by one day to head down to DC to see the inauguration. Her report: it was very crowded and hard to get to the Mall or see the parade and riding the subways made her feel like she was back in Beijing. What she did see? A lot of “people and trash,” but also a great cross-section of America in all the people who travelled to our capital for the celebration.