“I pray I was wrong about Donald Trump.” Chinese community in Athens reacts to Trump’s election victory

The Chinese community living in Athens, Ohio reacted with pessimism after the election victory of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. They expressed concern that the Republican President-elect will take a tough approach towards immigrants after taking office.

“I am not a religious person but today I want to visit a random church and pray,” a Chinese stay-at-home mom living in Athens wrote Wednesday on WeChat, a Chinese social media platform, a day after Trump’s win. “I pray I was wrong about Donald Trump. It is the first time in my life I wish I was so wrong.”

The 36-year-old green card holder asked to keep her Chinese name anonymous. She said she hopes Trump, as a shrewd and pragmatic businessman, will abandon hatred after taking the White House.

“With such a president who is not careful about what he says, what worries me the most is an increasing hostility against immigrants and minorities, especially in schools,” the mom of a three-year-old child said.

President-elect Trump, 70, according to The New York Times is “a real estate developer-turned-reality television star with no government experience.” His positions on immigrants include building a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico to stop illegal immigrants and tightening H-1B visas issued to low-skilled foreign workers. Trump will take office on January 20, 2017.

Current students studying in America worry about their futures

For Chinese students who wish to stay and work in America after graduation, Trump’s election win poses extra challenges.

Xiaoyu Wu is a second-year doctoral student in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University in Athens. She plans to find a job in America after graduation but now feels disappointed with the election outcome.

“Trump’s victory probably won’t influence me that much because I am legal and Trump is against illegal immigrants,” Wu said. “The biggest problem is many American people may misinterpret what Trump said during his election campaign and target all immigrants.”

“It could foster an unfriendly environment against foreigners in the long run, decreasing job opportunities provided to them,” Wu said.

“Anyway, as a foreigner I am disappointed with the result,” Wu continued. “America is supposed to be the most advanced and tolerant country in the world.”

“I probably will rethink about my future. I will have a much better life in my home country,” Wu said.

Prospective students thinking about coming to America won’t step back

Regarding concerns that Trump’s election win may disrupt the study plans of international students who are thinking about coming to America, most of the prospective students in China say they will not step back. According to an online survey among 84 respondents posted by the author on bbs.gter.net, a Chinese study abroad website, 60.71% said Trump’s victory will not influence their study plans.

“I won’t change my plan,” Zhiqiang Sun, a college student at University of International Business and Economics in Beijing said. Sun plans to start his master’s program in America in fall 2017.

“It’s like when we enter a bear market, will investors stop buying stocks?” Sun said. “Trump’s victory may affect us indirectly, but I believe the influence on individuals is not that big.”

China is the biggest spring of international students in the United States. In the 2015-16 academic year, 328,547 Chinese students were studying in America, increasing 8.1% from the previous year, according to the Institute of International Education.

Chinese people react to Trump’s victory with memes

Compared to Chinese people living or planning to study in America, people back in China reacted less seriously to Trump’s victory. Some of the Chinese social media users joked that they are the “chi gua qun zhong” (watermelon eaters, a joking expression referring to a group of onlookers who witness a sensational event), paying close attention to the unusual chaotic election.

(Watermelon eaters, a joking expression on Chinese social media referring to a group of onlookers who have witnessed a sensational event but keep ignorant of many of the facts.)
(Watermelon eaters, a joking expression on Chinese social media referring to a group of onlookers who witness a sensational event.)

Meanwhile, hilarious memes about the President-elect started to float on Chinese social media.

(Don’t talk and kiss me.)
(Don’t talk and kiss me.)
(I am a little princess.)
(I am a little princess.)

“Today is the day I get baptized and I feel new.” Here is an OU student’s baptism story at Brookfield Church

A graduate student at Ohio University. A mother of a three-year-old boy. A dedicated Christian. Deepali got baptized Sunday at Brookfield Church on Court Street. Here is her story.

Bobcat parents invade: How to convince your folks OU life is colorful, healthy, and of course, alcohol-free

Parents in town

Hilarious comments flooded Twitter after Ohio University Parents Weekend kicked off Friday in Athens, Ohio.

In response to the annual tradition that allows students on campus reuniting with their families, Twitter user Chuck Morgan, @chuckmorgan23, wrote, “It’s not a parents weekend at OU unless a dad starts a bar fight.”

Another Twitter user, Haley Priebe, @haleypriebe, said that “My dad is so excited to come to ou for parents weekend because he thinks that means we are drinking 24/7, SOS.”

The Career and Leadership Development Center of Ohio University tweeted that every parent looked like this during the weekend:

Hope it’s not because they drank too much. Ohio University hosted several family-friendly activities during the weekend, including a brunch, a bike tour, and a campfire event. The purpose was to provide parents an opportunity to connect to the university.

It’s not all about party

How to convince your parents that Athens is more than an isolated college town? Among several activities held during the weekend, a magician’s show and a library event with a historical bent could answer the question.

Adam Trent: Magician Reinvented

Broadway star Adam Trent brought his magician performance “Adam Trent: Magician Reinvented” to Ohio University Friday night as part of the school’s Parents Weekend events.

Trent’s audience interactive performance, described as “mind-bending, jaw-dropping” by Time Out New York magazine, combines magic, dancing and singing, as well as stand-up comedy.

Steampunk Festival
Steampunkers gather at Athens Public Library Saturday, September 24, 2016.
Steampunkers gather at Athens Public Library Saturday, September 24, 2016.

A tea party, a shooting game, and workshops… Athens Public Library hosted its fourth annual Steampunk Festival Saturday. This year the theme was “Full Steam into the West.”

Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that focuses on steam power technology. The genre inspires Steampunk fashion that integrates modern designs with 19th-century Victorian elements.

If your families have decided to stay for another week
Athens Invitational Marching Festival

Several high school marching bands from Southeast and Central Ohio will compete in the 42nd annual Athens Invitational Marching Festival at Athens High School on Saturday, October 1.

The event is open to the public and admission is $5. Festival organizers will donate ticket proceeds for youth development. Find more information here.

Inaugural Habitat 5K Fall Fun Run/Walk

Celebrate the Fall season of Athens with your parents in a healthy way. A run/walk race will be held Saturday, October 1 at Athens Community Center. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 14. Registration proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio. Find more information here.

Mill Street Village makes this Athens outsider feel at home

I feel like an outsider in Athens, a small college town located in southeast Ohio. Athens, home to Ohio University, displays tremendous natural beauty. Locals are also friendly. Admittedly, living in a small town like Athens is something I was longing for a long time when I resided in Beijing, a city always shrouded in smog, and a city where its people are too busy to be friendly. However, no matter it is the college party culture or the distasteful food, I just don’t feel like I fit in here in Athens.

Still, I have my favorite place in Athens. It is Mill Street Village. An international community where neighbors are quiet and obliging, Mill Street Village is my rental home where I can focus on my studies and savor family moments with my child. You don’t read it wrong. As an affectionate mother, I bring my three-year-old child with me in my pursuit of an advanced degree in the United States, because I cannot bear living far away from him. I never feel like an alien when I am at our Mill Street apartment. With my child around, I feel at home.

Children playing on Mill Street Village grass.
Children play at Mill Street Village Monday, April 25, 2016. Left one in blue T-shirt is my child.

I hate to admit, but Mill Street Village is better than my home in Beijing if considering how many happy moments my child gains from living here. There is no need for me to worry about the smog that is hazardous to his health or abductors that may steal him away from me. I feel I am raising him in a pleasant old-fashioned way, just letting him run around and play unsupervised. Moreover, there are many children living at Mill Street Village. My child engages with his peers who come from many countries including United States, China, Iraq and India. This is a valuable experience he probably cannot acquire from elsewhere.

Residents gather for Mill Street Village annual picnic Saturday, Sept 10, 2016.
Residents gather for Mill Street Village annual picnic Saturday, Sept 10, 2016.

Living at Mill Street Village also provides me a chance to meet friendly and obliging neighbors. Among many wonderful experiences, I tried some exotic bitter tea when I was invited to an Arabic tea party; a neighbor of mine, who I never got an opportunity to know her name and country, brought me hand-made meat soup; when I felt really hopeless because the battery of my car died, an obliging neighbor helped me fix the problem. The longer I stay at Mill Street Village, the greater fondness I develop for the place. It is an enjoyable and harmonious community where I am no longer an outsider.

5 fashion styles straight men don’t understand

Don’t ask straight men for fashion advice. They just don’t get it. When you feel really good about wearing a fur coat or carrying a designer handbag, check out what straight men think about your fashion sense.

  1. Fur coat

This is what you think you look like when you wear a fur coat.

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(Flickr, Kostya Romantikov)

This is how straight men react: Why do you dress up like a fluffy animal?

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(Google Images)

  1. Leather pants

You feel strong and confident when you wear a pair of leather pants.

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(Flickr, Outi Pyy)

Straight men say: Awesome Halloween costume.

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(Flickr, Annie Fischinger)

  1. High heels

You figure there is nothing sexier than a pair of super high heels.

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(Flickr, See-ming Lee)

Straight men wonder when you are going to trip and fall.

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(Flickr, Phil Kates)

  1. Smoky-eye makeup

This is what you think about your smoky-eye look.

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(Google Images)

This is what straight men think: Isn’t she a panda?

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(Google Images)

  1. Attitude towards luxury

This is how you feel when you buy a designer product.

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(Flickr, CHRISTOPHER DOMBRES)

This is how straight men feel when they read the price tag.

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(Flickr, debra)