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Australian Chinese Lost in Romanticized India
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Australian Chinese Lost in Romanticized India

By Jocelyn ChanI never expected to travel to India in the first place, and I definitely didn’t expect to be excited about an extended stay due to visa issues either.Growing up in a predominately East Asian community, the ‘I found myself in India’ mentality was unheard of. This cliché that one discovers the meaning of life when seeing poverty, is offensive and unrelatable to those from recently developed or developing nations. In fact, for my Chinese parents and relatives, the thought of a young girl studying and travelling in a country they saw as unclean, unsafe and undeveloped was distressing and frowned upon. Despite this, when the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program gave me the opportunity to attend the Indian Immersion Program at OP. Jindal Global University, I de...