Enjoying Chinese Film While Teaching English in Baotou

As with any country, China has its own unique culture with all of the wonderful attractions that you would expect.

Today, I want to talk specifically about the film industry in China because it is just starting to kick off and it is quickly becoming highly respected and influential.

For much of the 20th century, China was a highly impoverished country, but this has, in recent years, been changing due to their willingness to open up their markets and their limited embrace of the capitalist economic system. This has led their people to have enough extra income to do things like go see movies and other cultural activities.

For many years, this wasn’t a possibility. People simply did not have any cash to do so, and since any film company was state owned, there may or may not have had any films to see to begin with.

However, all of this is now changing. With a changing education and economic system, China is quickly rising in its reputation as a film producing country. I was recently in China doing a teach English abroad program in Baotou, and things have changed drastically. I had always wanted to visit China, so I asked myself, “Can I teach English at Baotou, China?”

After doing some research, I found that not only was this a possibility, but I could get paid to do it! And on top of getting paid, I could teach in other Chinese cities as well. The test that I took and passed for my program also served as a certification to teach English around Nanjing, so I had my pick of a bunch of cities.

The choice was easy. I picked one of the major metropolitan areas so I could absorb as much of the culture as possible.

During my time teaching English to students, I spent countless hours watching films at local theaters and going to local cinema gatherings. There are entire groups of cinema enthusiasts who live and breath to experience the motion picture.

And even though it did not last as long as I would have hoped, I don’t regret the experience for one minute. You hear students speak about their semesters abroad and how great they were, well this really was that good. And unlike all of those students who had to pay to go abroad, everything for me was paid for and then some.

To any student of film, I highly advise looking into the requirements for English Teaching in Hangzhou. The incredible amount of information that you are able to absorb by going out to a foreign country and experiencing its culture is unparalleled. I will say, however, that you do need to make a conscience effort to get out there and see the area. It is easy to get done with your day of teaching and head straight to your apartment and hide out. Do not, I repeat DO NOT do this. You will surely regret it and it doesn’t do anything to give you a great new experience and story to tell the world for the rest of your life.

Get out there and enjoy your time in China!