Longxuan Wang

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Sophomore, Undecided

DSC00058Longxuan spent the first eighteen years of his life in China, he says, he is undecided about his major, undecided about his career, and undecided about his future. But he knows that he loves Carolina, as well as a lot of other things about the TarHeel nation for which he thinks he will need a huge sheet to list. His goal of life is to make everyday a new day, a new experience, and a new memory.

“There are generally two approaches for a minority group to thrive. One is to fuse into the majority, and the other one is to draw a distinct line between itself and the majority.  I came from China, a country that always boasts about its diversity. There are fifty-five distinct minority ethnic groups in China, there are believers of various religions in China, and there are people of different nationalities living in China. But unlike in U.S. where the issue of minority groups always fuel political discussions and social movements, the voice of minority groups are hardly heard by the general public.   Cultural, economical,and political environment all contribute to this phenomenon. Traditional Chinese philosophy dictates the importance of homogeneity. Economic development concentrates the wealth in a handful of state-run corporations. The rule of the communist party discourages dissidents. However, people who belong to minority groups do not necessarily feel unhappy about the status quo. The issue is two-fold. On one hand, minority groups might find it hard to preserve their own distinct cultures;on the other hand, since the minority issue has never really entered the mainstream discourse, discrimination based on ethnicity is virtually nonexistent in China.  Obviously, minority groups in China and U.S. are adopting different approaches as I described in the first paragraph; they both opt for strategies that they see fit under their distinct social environments. When I was in China, I was part of the majority Han ethnic group, and when I came to Carolina, I belong to the minority. Through this program, I will be examining both the  big picture, the minority issues in China and U.S., as well as my own experience as an active minority member on campus.”