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谢迈克在中国 » Blog Archive » My first overseas birthday

谢迈克在中国

Mike Shecket Goes To China!


It’s just a tad over 48 hours before I celebrate my first birthday outside of the USA.  I’ve had my birthday in Chicago before, and I was in Argentina on Christmas in 2005 (not that I do Christmas), but this is new.  I wouldn’t go out of my way to be far from family and friends on my birthday; it’s just part of the overall deal that allows me to come here and have this experience.  I can’t really think of anything so wonderful about it…it’s not like I get to experience special Chinese customs related to Mike Shecket’s birthday, in particular.

I don’t think birthdays are a big deal in this culture…I was telling the students about the different US presidential candidates in one class, and I showed them their birthdays and asked them to tell me how old the candidates were…they consistently neglected to take into account that none of the candidates’ birthdays had yet rolled around this year, and instead they calculated by just subtracting the birth year from 2008, as if everybody is counted as one year older on New Year’s Day.

2 Responses to “My first overseas birthday”

  1. Mom

    There are a lot of people who are concerned about you since you’re relatively close to the epicenter of the earthquake, so maybe it would be good to leave little notes on here more often. We all are thinking of you, and hoping the aftershocks stop!

    Love,
    Mom

  2. Mom

    Happy Birthday, Michael!!

    I’m so glad to know that you had a terrific birthday!

    Love,
    Mom

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