Dr. Jamie Capuzza Reflects on Time Spent in China

December 23, 2009

Returning to Mount Union after her fifth time teaching abroad through the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC), Dr. Jamie Capuzza, professor of communication is able to share a variety of stories about learning environments around the world.

Capuzza, professor of communication, taught intercultural business this past summer at the University of Shanghai as a visiting professor.  

“I’m so good with a chopstick, I can pick up half a peanut,” Capuzza laughed.

Capuzza explained that Shanghai, China is an easy place to adapt to since most everyone speaks English.

“I didn’t even think twice about the language barrier,” said Capuzza. “You could walk down the streets and hear any type of language.”

With 22 million people living in Shanghai and a temperature of 112 degrees when she first arrived, Capuzza was grateful that her apartment was conveniently located directly across from the university.  

Her first experience teaching in China was in Chengdu.  She has also taught in Italy, Germany and Spain.

On the weekends, Capuzza had the opportunity to visit different towns, where she was able to stop at museums and antique markets.  She also had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an.

Capuzza mentioned that Shanghai is hosting the World Expo in 2010.  Each country is invited to the event and builds their own pavilion to show the new technology they have created.  While she was in Shanghai this summer, parts of the city were being torn down to make room for the World Expo.

“The students that were studying at the University of Shanghai when I was visiting loved it,” said Capuzza. “They adapted well since it is a big, modern city and none of the students wanted to go home.”




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