I was fortunate to have taught for three years in the Japanese Middle School system during my husband's assignment at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. It was the most memorable of my life. However, as with any new culture, there was more beneath the surface that would present me with some of the most difficult challenges of my life.
Will you be in a rural or a suburban area? Will there be other Americans with you? Also, do you speak the language? Whether you do or not, that will be another challenge to you. Language is the door to a country's culture. Naturally, the more you learn, the more you will understand about what goes on around you. Until then, you will have to be very observant.
If you could give me a little background, I'm sure I could share some very insightful details that would prepare you for the Asian culture. I realize that China isn't Japan (although Americans seem to throw everyone in the same pot). Also, I could help you get going on your lessons as well.
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