It’s bizarre being in a country that has such a different outlook on elections and government from the United States during this presidential election. I am decidedly not a political person, which I attribute to my mom and dad for never revealing their voting preferences when I was a young and impressionable kid. But for some reason it just feels appropriate to be sitting in the office in the middle of a hutong in Beijing listening to NPR updates and refreshing Huffington Post’s election results page with a few fellow American colleagues.
There are plenty of things I miss about the U.S. like hamburgers, a good cup of coffee, and, most of all, cheese. I’ve also come to appreciate things that I took advantage of such as the ability to speak freely in a forum environment about political thoughts and issues. This appreciation stems from an incident where I had to remove a tweet for the company for which I work because someone saw two words related to a hot-button issue here. It’s quite an eye-opening contrast.
I’m excited to see what these next four years will bring for the U.S.