What I’ve Learned about China
Living in Shanghai has given me a completely new perspective on traveling. I realised that to fully experience another culture one has to engage with the people who live there, rather than surface layer tourist behaviours like looking at architecture. One of the things that stood out to me was learning about China’s family philosophy. It became clear this philosophy is synonymous with their culture. For example, at meal times they share everything on the table.
My Internship in Shanghai
Through my internship at China Bridge, I have been exposed to a new area of design. Although I study product design, working at a service design company has been incredibly useful for learning about different approaches to design. As a result, my understanding of design is has increased signiﬁcantly. Another beneﬁt of my internship was that it gave me a clear sense of the skills that are required by industry. When I go back to London I plan on improving these skills during the rest of summer. This will help me to be better for my ﬁnal year and beyond that.
There were many highlights of Shanghai but one of the most exciting moments was visiting the Montaplast manufacturing plant. One of the reasons I applied for the Talking Through Internships program was because of China’s connection to manufacturing and technology. And so, having the opportunity to meet and talk to the engineers at an actual factory and see the production line was incredible.
I feel so fortunate to have been a part of the Talking Through Internships program. Particularly because it allowed me to meet such amazing people from China. From the beginning, I was introduced to Cheng the head of China Bridge’s London ofﬁce at Catherine’s dinner. On our ﬁrst day in Shanghai, we met the amazing students from Jaoi Tung university who gave us a warm welcome to Shanghai. I have really enjoyed getting to know them all and I am excited to welcome them to London. Lastly, meeting Judy and Arky who worked with me on the Yu Garden’s project was such a pleasure. Talking to them about their aspirations as young designers was inspiring to hear and I have a strong belief that they will be very successful. I hope all of these new relationships will continue to grow and potential lead to future endeavours. !