Q & A with Ruth Blackburn
- Can you introduce yourself? What’s your name? Hometown? Major?
My name is Ruth Blackburn. I am a junior from Birmingham, Alabama. My major is Foods and Nutrition with an Art minor.
- When people mention Asia or Asian, what is your first thought?
I think of the cultural differences between Asia and America. My best friend went to China for 6 weeks and I think of the stories of squatty potties and riding bikes all around the cities. I once read that middle-aged men in Asia are at a very high risk of suicide because of pressure to succeed and do well in the workplace.
- What makes you most proud to be an American?
The kindness that people show to each other even when they are strangers and do not know each other.
- What do you think about “Culture Shock”?
I have never been affected by culture shock very much when I go to different countries. I think I am very easy going so the differences between countries do not shock me or bother me that much and it takes a lot of effort for me to pick out the differences and things that bother me or that I like better about one country.