留学生インタビュー

Why did you decide to come to Japan to study?

There are many young people in China who are interested in Japan through its pop culture (music, comics, etc.), and I wanted to see for myself why Japan is so popular.

Why did you choose your area of specialization, and what is the state of your research?

I am currently making preparations to conduct research regarding photoelectric sensors. I conducted research in this field when I was an undergraduate, so I decided to continue the research in graduate school as well. My research is in the preliminary stages in preparation for my formal enrollment as a graduate student in April.

You recently won a national championship in Go. Could you tell us about your involvement in the game of Go?

I was taught by my father and started playing Go when I was six years old. I later attended a neighborhood Go class on weekends, but I stopped going there in fifth grade. I have continued playing Go ever since as a hobby. Go is very popular in China, and I still play Go over the Internet, with friends, just as I did when I was in China. I went to middle school and high school that focused on studies for advancement to higher schools, so my only amusement was playing Go with my friends once in a while. I won a tournament in Nanjin when I was in middle school and a Jiangsu Province Go tournament for youths when I was in high school. I competed against Go representatives from Aichi Prefecture in those two tournaments, and these were my first contacts with Japanese people. The way I enjoy Go has changed over the years, and it has taught me life lessons. For example, I used to feel frustrated if I made a bad move in the game, but I realized that it was meaningless to feel that way. My attitude now is to want to make a good move the next time. It does not matter even if I make a mistake if I start doing my best from that point forward.

What kind of preparations did you make for studying in Japan?

I went to a study abroad center in Nanjin, China and got information regarding Japanese language schools and universities. The reason why I chose Nagoya was that a teacher that I met who was part of the delegation representing Aichi Prefecture in the aforementioned tournament lived in the city. I decided to turn to the help of this person and go to Nagoya.

What is your impression of Japan?

I think that Japan excels in its social systems such as the public health insurance system, its public transportation system as well as in electrical technology. I was really surprised by the amount of part-time work that the Chinese students I met in Japan were doing in addition to studying. I do part-time work too, but my father sends me about 30% of my living expenses in Japan.

What is your advice to people who plan to come to Japan to study?

The more you try hard, the more fruitful results you will get. I hope that you will all try your best.

Thank you very much.

Uploaded on 21st January 2005