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The two different nationalities of mine often allow me to step out of [my own kind] and to think differently | U.S./China

Audio recording by Michael

I’m Michael Jiang, a teenage boy grown up in China, I was born in Cleveland Ohio, soon my family moved to San Diego, California. When I was four, we moved back to, and stayed in China. This made me an American boy grown up in America and China. Until now, I still have both Chinese and American as my nationalities (I have to choose one when I’m 18).

The two different nationalities of mine often allow me to step out of [my own kind] and to think differently. This, somehow, sometimes makes me feel outcast, confusing about what exactly is [my own kind].

When I was twelve, I started to listen to the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. They soon became my idol and was my idol until I start to listen to Paul Simon’s very own music during his solo career. His voice surely makes me get crazy.

Well, what’s interesting is that everyone around me don’t know Paul Simon, even though he still holds a lot of fame in America. When I got on the internet to find his fans in China, I found out that they are all way older than me. So I often wonder if I’m the only teenager who likes Paul Simon in China.

Chinese people usually regard Rock’ N’ Roll as the symbol of intense, alcohol and drugs, I was one of them until I realized that alot of great music I have heard is Rock music. Cultural differences are sometimes hard to understand!

So if you’re a fan like me, I will be happy to exchange thoughts.

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