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Chinese women face a complex homecoming after studying in Australia

When Li Fang* returned to China after studying at university in both Australia and New Zealand, she didn’t think she’d changed all that much.

But her family and friends soon noticed.

“People around me thought I was different,” she says.

“I asked them ‘what’s the difference?’ They said, ‘Sometimes your opinions and your speaking style are very direct.'”

In hindsight, she agrees. “I think my personality changed a lot after going abroad. I like freedom, I like independence,” she says.

It was not only those close to her who noticed. After Li got home, she undertook an internship with the Chinese government.

“No-one [in my office] had an international background … The Chinese style in government is: Everyone is quiet and no-one should speak [up] about anything. Everyone just follows,”…

Read more at www.abc.net.au

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