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The Real Impact of Pan Fried Pork Buns

Take a deep breath. Just say something. Quick.

My mind raced as I finally made eye contact with the cashier.

Too late.

Once again, another person beat me to it, rattling off his order of delicious baos and fried dumplings so quickly I could barely understand his Chinese.

My parents immigrated from China to the US right before I was born. I grew up in Houston, Texas and at home, my Chinese held up enough to have understandable conversations with my parents — I could even write a few traditional poems. So, for a girl who grew up in America, I always thought my Chinese was pretty decent. That was until I was humbled on my trip to China as a 15-year-old.

It was the first time my dad didn’t travel with me. My grandma was busy so I set out early to spend my first day exploring Shanghai alone. My first stop was this tiny dumpling house nearby. They sold my all time favorite food, Shen Jian Bao. These were the most delicious pan fried pork buns and when you took a bite, steaming hot broth would explode out.

I stepped into the small shop and immediately the savory aroma made my mouth water. However, it was also packed. Customers were shoving to get to the front and it seemed like pure chaos trying to get through the crowd. In my hometown, I was used to waiting neatly in lines so I first moved to the back to try and get in line. But I soon realized that somehow I was actually moving backwards and people who came in after me were cutting in front. Furious yet still shy, I tentatively squeezed forward enough to get a look at the menu.


Darn it. It was all Chinese and no pictures, my worst nightmare.

I spent a good minute trying to decipher the words I did know and piece them together like a puzzle. Unsure, I chose what I thought was a soup and pork buns and edged towards the cashier. As people kept rudely cutting me off, I thought back to my hometown, where all these adults would surely let a small, confused girl through first and be kind enough to offer some help. But here, I guess it was a culture shock that everyone truly minded their own business. Seeing all these people ordering dumplings made me understand the importance of taking my own initiative to make things happen.

Through a stroke of courage, I swiftly pushed to the very front and feigning confidence, I spoke my order. Then the cashier asked something I didn’t quite catch. He spoke too fast and I also wasn’t ready for follow up questions. I just nodded, paid, and finally went to wait for my food to be ready.

Stepping out of the dumpling shop, I realized I needed to act with greater confidence here. The rest of the day, I challenged myself to ask for directions as I got lost around the city and to learn how to bargain as I shopped. I know shopping and navigating doesn’t seem too significant, but for me, it was the act of

adapting to a foreign culture that I was proud of. It seems silly but ordering those pan fried pork buns taught me a great deal. First, it made me realize that what I think I understand can change drastically after experiencing something new. And never expect opportunities to be handed to me, I should always take initiative to put myself out there.

Now as I prepare to study abroad, I plan on taking those lessons with me to Copenhagen. I want to experience and overcome both the ups and downs of a foreign environment. I want to immerse myself in Danish culture, meet new people, and get out of my comfort zone in hopes of gaining independence and a more diversified perspective. There’s so much out there that I don’t know — I want to open my eyes to the things I don’t understand and the realities and issues that exist beyond my home. And as a landscape architect, I want to evaluate and apply my existing knowledge through my studies in Copenhagen. I aim to challenge my current design perspective by observing a city that’s the paragon of urban planning. Now a lot more confident than my 15-year-old self, I feel ready to take on my second experience abroad alone — one pork bun at a time.

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Apprendre au-delà des frontières : une bourse Ling

Ling est un partisan engagé de l’apprentissage des langues et de l’éducation mobile. Nous sommes donc heureux d’annoncer notre programme de bourse d’études — Apprendre au-delà des frontières

Table des matières :

Les candidatures à la bourse d’étude pour le printemps 2024 sont maintenant ouvertes !

Critères d’admission

  • Être en deuxième année d’études ou plus
  • Être actuellement inscrit dans une université agréée à un programme de 4 ans.
  • Être accepté au programme d’études à l’étranger avant la date limite de la candidature.
  • Planifier des études à l’étranger dans un pays non anglophone (de préférence, mais non obligatoire).


  • 1ʳᵉ place : prix de 1 000 $, accès gratuit à vie à toutes les langues sur Ling et déclaration personnelle publiée sur cette page de bourse d’études et sur les réseaux sociaux de Ling (si intéressé).
  • 2ᵉ place : prix de 500 $, accès gratuit à vie à toutes les langues sur Ling et déclaration personnelle publiée sur notre page de bourse et sur les réseaux sociaux de Ling (si intéressé).

Procédure de candidature

  1. Rassemble tous les documents requis
  2. Prépare ta déclaration personnelle (vidéo ou dissertation)
  3. Soumets ta candidature à notre bourse en cliquant sur le lien “Postuler” ci-dessous
  4. Attends notre réponse par e-mail

Critères relatifs à la déclaration personnelle

Option n° 1 : Dissertation

Donne un titre captivant à ta dissertation et réponds à l’une des questions suivantes en 700 à 1 000 mots :

    • Que signifierait pour toi le fait de gagner cette bourse d’études ?
    • Quel impact prévois-tu d’avoir en étudiant à l’étranger ?
    • Décris un moment durant lequel tu as personnellement été mis au défi en apprenant une nouvelle langue, ou si tu as fait face à un problème dans ton parcours éducatif ou lors d’un voyage à l’étranger par le passé. Comment as-tu surmonté ce défi et qu’as-tu appris de cette expérience ?
    • Quelle est la langue du pays dans lequel tu souhaites étudier ? Quel parcours linguistique souhaites-tu emprunter ? Comment comptes-tu t’adapter à la langue, l’apprendre et la pratiquer (uniquement pour ceux qui étudient dans un pays non anglophone) ?
Option n° 2 : Vidéo

Enregistre une vidéo de 5 à 7 minutes sur l’un des sujets suivants :

  • Pourquoi l’éducation est-elle importante pour toi ?
  • Décris un moment difficile auquel tu as été confronté (sur le plan académique ou personnel). Explique comment tu as surmonté ce défi et ce que tu en as appris.
  • Qu’espères-tu gagner en étudiant à l’étranger ?


Assure-toi d’inclure également tous ces éléments dans ta vidéo :

    • Prénom
    • Nom
    • Âge
    • Université
    • Année en cours
    • Majeure(s)/Mineure(s)
    • Raison pour laquelle tu souhaites soumettre ta candidature pour cette bourse d’études

Date limite :

Printemps 2024 : 15 décembre