Counter the Story

Counter the Story

There is something YOU can do to counter the dark news stories. We want to hear stories from Yale-China alumni that shed light on your experiences in China and Hong Kong, whether as a teaching fellow, health fellow, arts fellow, board member, or other participant.

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Tell Us Your Story!

StoryCorps (whose mission is “to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world”) has collected hundreds of thousands of American stories, each one archived in the Library of Congress.

Anyone can participate in Counter the Story! We want to hear stories from Yale-China alumni that shed light on your experiences in China and Hong Kong, whether as a teaching fellow, health fellow, arts fellow, board member, or other participant.

If you are hosting one of Yale-China’s March of 100 dinners, we will make available a current or recent program participant who will share stories in person with your guests to get the conversation going. Your “Counter The Story” dinner can also play sample recorded stories to set the stage, and you will have instructions to make it easy for your guests to record their own stories.

To record your story with Yale-China, please contact Michele Crowley at michele.crowley@yale.edu.

Interview Questions

Yale-China invites you to share with our community your own exchange story—whether you are a Chinese who came to the United States, or an American who traveled to China or Hong Kong, we want to hear your experience and insights. Tell us more!

  1. Please begin with your name and a sentence or two about who you are and what you do.
  2. Tell us when and where you first traveled to live in the other country (China/Hong Kong or the United States) and for how long. Were your reasons for being there mainly professional or personal…?
  3. What was your impression of the other place before you went? Did you feel that you knew a lot about that place or not? And what was your first impression when you arrived…?
  4. What was something great or remarkable about the new place that you encountered? Why do you think you remember this moment now? (did it have some importance to you…?)
  5. What was something disappointing or upsetting…? How did you cope with the encounter?
  6. Describe a remarkable person who made a difference to your stay there…
  7. Tell us about some everyday thing that you discovered is done differently in the other country…? Did this discovery make you think differently about that thing…?
  8. How do you think being in a foreign country for a long time and having work to do there is different from the experience of being a tourist…?
  9. Did traveling and living in the other country change or transform your life?
  10. What do you think most of your fellow citizens think of the other country today? Does your own experience match that perception or is it different…?
  11. What did you learn about your own country when you were living in a new place observed your home country from a distance?
  12. What do you miss most about that place…? Did that foreign country become something like “home” during (or after) your time there…?


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