When I was applying for my student visa at the American consulate, there was a promotional video about the
Sociologists and psychologists have long claimed that humans are a species that join together in groups by their very nature. The term “ethnic nepotism” points toward a biological basis for the phenomenon of people preferring others of the same ethnicity or race.
This topic comes up often in the international community and at my school. In the classroom and for academic work, there are no boundaries. But in terms of forming close relationships, internationals tend to stick to internationals. Take myself for example. After two years at
But at Li Po Chun, I developed close friendships from different corners of the earth. It was because of this unique environment that I had the opportunity to really interact and get to know these individuals. In any other setting, this would have not happened. Is this inherently “bad”? That the friendships we form are always with ones that we are naturally “comfortable” with and “most similar” to? I think not. As long as we are able to interact and have the curiosity to learn from people from other cultures on a daily basis, it does not matter who the people you go out with at the weekend are.