The Difference of Living in Taipei, Taiwan and Georgia, the U.S.

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I remember when I just moved here, many people thought Taiwan is located in China and that has always made me laugh, but annoyed at the same time. Taiwan, which is about the size of Maryland and Delaware together, is a small country located in East Asia off the coast of China, and southwest of Japan. Separated not only by the Pacific Ocean, Taiwan and the United States are also separated by the differences in school system, culture, and environment.

I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and I lived there for a great part of my life. I moved to America when I was still in middle school. A huge difference between Taiwan and America is school system. Students stay in a classroom and teachers move from one classroom to another. Furthermore, students do not get to choose classes until college. Perhaps I remember I hate the most about school is not having enough vacations. I could never forget the time I looked through my calendar and I have only one day off from school for the semester, it was just unbelievable. Even when we are on vacation, teachers always give us a lot of homework, and it looks like they do not want us to enjoy the vacation. Moreover, schools start at 7:50A.M., and students do not get out of school until 5:00P.M. Afterward, most of the students have to go to the cram schools for another two or three hours. Cram schools are specialized schools that train their students to meet particular goals, and they are really popular in Taiwan. Even a teacher from school can open one of their own. During the last year of middle school, we had to stay in school until 9:00P.M. in order to prepare for the test which is required for high school admission. School is a very competitive place in Taiwan.

I started as a freshman in high school in Atlanta, Georgia. I was surprised that there are so many holidays just in one semester. There is at least one holiday each month. It is just like a heaven for me, and teachers don’t really give you homework during the holidays....
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