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East Meets West - Essay A statement of purpose

chenko 1 / 1  
Mar 6, 2011   #1
The blanks I will fill in of course when I submit it. Any advice is much appreciated.

Like many products sold here in the U.S., my parents were "made in China". At the age of twelve, I noticed that "East meets West" affluently in Hong Kong. Every day, my sister and I dined at a McDonalds for breakfast and rode the tram which is no doubt a British relic. My family carries this theme today in the popular Chinese-American restaurant that we run at the airport. Starting with my father and my uncle, it has been a growing trend that my family has been moving here from Hong Kong and Mainland China. Establishing a restaurant that serves both American and Chinese food has made my aunt and uncle very successful in our small West Texas town; perhaps because Americans appreciate Chinese inventions more than they realize. The marriage of Western and Eastern culture attracts me into the field of Sino-U.S. relations.

My China and the U.S. since 1800 history course was the most impactful in my college career by far. Engaging the curriculum has led me to value education more as studying Sino-U.S. relations has created means of using systematic knowledge to satisfy my curiosity towards my parents' homeland and the country's largest business partner. Prior to taking the Sino-U.S. history course, I was unaware of the gruesome Nanking Massacre which I later learned that my grandma had experienced first-hand. Studying about diplomats and missionaries such as Peter Parker fostered my interest to socialize with foreigners. Through our Circle K International Club here, I have met a mass of students from Korea. I welcome the challenge of speaking through a language barrier as I need to learn how to represent Americans well. I noticed that often, the Koreans have questions about our culture and which mannerisms are normal and appropriate here. I have the same questions about their country thus making my friendships with foreign students rewarding.

As China's role progresses on the international stage, my academic pursuit increases. Ideally, I would like to be employed in the American Embassy in Hong Kong and Macau I believe the Political Science program along with the Asian Studies program at _______ will provide an academic climate capable of equipping me with many fundamentals needed to pass the Foreign Service Officer Test. The university's mission statements of leadership and excellence ensure that I will undergo intellectual stimulation and development of analytical, communication and leadership skills necessary for research in the foreign affairs field. For the rest of my collegiate career, I would resume my focus on past and contemporary social and economic studies while simultaneously learning Mandarin. Compelling scholars at the university such as Dr. Quan Li have grasped my attention. Analysis of the currency issue in China falls into the realm of Professor Li's Program on International Conflict and Cooperation (PICC) and his articles such as "Investing in the Peace: Economic Interdependence and International Conflict," where he articulates the relationship between economics and global peace as well as monetary interaction's impact on interdependence. The university also has cultural associations that I relate to. Organizations such as The Hong Kong Student Association, Society for International Studies and The China Club will bring me more experience of communicating and socializing with foreigners from Hong Kong and Mainland China. At_____, I have had the great pleasure of working and befriending students from Korea. I imagine working with Chinese students will develop even more cross-cultural understanding.

My parents have decided that after both my sister and I have graduated from college, they will relocate back to Hong Kong. Their children receiving quality education and earning satisfying jobs here in the United States actualizes the ultimate goal for my parents. In contrast, my primary goal is to devote my time to my career which will hopefully be located in their country. Studying at ______ would meet my academic potential therefore becoming a major stepping stone for my ideal career.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Mar 8, 2011   #2
my parents were "made in China".

Nice! Very clever.

and Mainland China.

I don't think mainland needs to be capitalized.

My "China and the U.S. Since 1800" history course was the most impactful influential...

This is so impressive! I think the way to make it better might be to tell not only that you want to get involved with international relations between China and United States but also WHAT specifically you want to see happen. You have been reading books and articles about circumstances affecting people's lives, and I think the best way to make this essay more powerful is to share with the reader the goals you have developed based on your reading. In other words, what would you be trying to do right now if you already were an authority in your field?

OP chenko 1 / 1  
Mar 8, 2011   #3
Wow. I was about to submit my essay but decided to come here at the last minute, thank goodness I did. I thought no one was to reply.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Mar 11, 2011   #4
Well, it was already great...

So, proceed with confidence!

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