(This post is part of a series I am doing called “First Impressions. . . my first few months in Asia“. If you would like to read about this series and other articles, please CLICK HERE.)
Within a few months of living in Asia, I appeared on national TV on three different occasions. This was my second such appearance and easily my most humiliating.
It was our entire group of six foreign students from America. The story began about two weeks after our arrival in this country. Our teacher informed us that part of our “cultural teaching” would be learning how to do this exercise named Tai Qi. You have probably seen this. It is the slow, almost hypnotic motions/exercise that you see being practiced mainly by elderly Chinese people. It is the exercise that looks like Kung Fu, but only in mega-slow motion. It was of absolutely no interest to any of us, but this was one of those “requests” from our university that we were not given the option of refusing.
What our teacher did not tell us was that we would be on TV doing this exercise with about 30-40 others during the National Day festivities. She also didn’t tell us that everyone [Read more…]