When we’re talking about international student integration here at Iowa, we should see what our peers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have done.
Three Chinese students saw the same issue of separation between Chinese and U.S. students at Wisconsin Madison. They launched Channel C — a series of talk show trying to demystify Chinese students and stereotypes associated with them and promoting integration. The C can stand for China, communication, conversation or cross-culture, as the creators say.
So far they have created 24 episodes with a wide range of topics. “Why Chinese Students Don’t Party,” for example, touches on the party culture on U.S. campuses, which fits our context as well — Wisconsin is the No.2 party school, and we’re the even better No.1.
Like the girl in the video, I never get the point of college student parties, either. I get the social part of it, but don’t understand why people have to get drunk and do crazy things afterward.
However, I like going to American “grownup” parties, where I learn a great deal of American culture. The “grownup” parties is a lot more like the party in my culture — friends get together, eating, talking and sometimes playing, with or without alcohol.
I had a dumpling party last week and successfully taught my vegetarian American friend Jaki to make veggie dumplings. After dinner, we had great conversations about food, culture, literature, freedom, feminism, loneliness, race… That’s the very best kind of party I would enjoy — exchanging ideas, trading gossip, of course with great food.
So, I would say, Chinese students also party and have fun, but in a much more different way.