fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Yann-Ru Ho 何彥如

Yann-Ru Ho 何彥如
Yann-Ru Ho is a Taiwanese graduate student majoring in education and is currently studying at the University of California, Los Angeles. She arrived in LA in September, and this is her seventh month in the United States. She is enjoying the warm LA weather while learning more about the neighboring communities by exploring the city. 



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Afternoon at The Getty

     It was a sunny afternoon when I visited the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. I took a bus to the foot of the hill where it is situated, and then I lined up for the tram to take me up the hill. The Getty is a museum that was transformed into a public gallery; before, it was part of a private collection of Mr. J. Paul Getty. The tram that took me uphill was very interesting and environmentally friendly. It used no gas or any other external energy: it used physics that worked a pulley system that had two cars. As one car goes down the hill, its gravitational acceleration pulls the other one uphill. It was a very quiet tram ride except for the soft but clear words of welcome transmitted through the speaker. As the car ascended, LA became smaller and smaller. When the tram reached the top, I got off on one side, and passengers who were going downhill got on from the other side. It was a very efficient and non-crowded way of arranging the visitors. I felt like I was beginning to feel the effective management and friendly atmosphere of the Getty. What

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Conversations: Names, Mingling, and Speaking Up

     When I first arrived here in the United States to pursue graduate studies, I not only noticed the language difference, but also the unfamiliar conversation conventions. I realized that many conversations here operate according to a different communication style than what I was used to back home. Here in LA, I have found that many people greet others warmly and openly, even strangers. Since my arrival here, I have been greeted by cashiers, sales clerks, and bus drivers; even pedestrians on the streets usually greet me with a smile. This happens less often back home.        During the many opportunities I have had to chat with Americans in the United States, I have observed some interesting features of conversations. For instance, not only do people greet each other, many also cordially share their opinions and information about themselves in lengthy dialogues with strangers. This openness and frankness is helpful, since it gives me more opportunities to hear what Americans have to say. From such conversations, I have been able to learn about American culture in terms of interpersonal communication. To illustrate, I will recount below some interactions I have had here with new friends.   Name

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