Going Miles for a Dream

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Ten thousand miles away from his home in Beijing, student Pei Li sits in the office for graduate assistants and interns on the third floor of the Cronkite building, getting ready for a day of video shooting at the Japanese Friendship Gardens.

International Journalism Graduate Student, Pei Li, giving the run down about what the day will entail. Photo by Luu Nguyen International Journalism Graduate Student, Pei Li, giving the run down about what the day will entail.
Photo by Luu Nguyen

Walking into Pei Li's second home, the production room.  Photo by Luu Nguyen Walking into Pei Li's second home, the production room.
Photo by Luu Nguyen

Setting up for hours of editing.  Photo by Luu Nguyen Setting up for hours of editing.
Photo by Luu Nguyen

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Ready to go for a shoot. Photo by Luu Nguyen Ready to go for a shoot.
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For international journalism graduate student, Li, this is his new reality.

He packed his bags back in August, 2012, embarking on a journey from China to starting an adventure in Arizona. He came as one of a few Chinese international students to ASU’s journalism graduate program.

“Of course I had a little bit of a culture shock when I first came,” Li says.  “Everything is so different because everyone has different lifestyles. I’ve never had the experience of speaking English for 24 hours every day.”

Location of the day: the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Downtown Phoenix. Photo by Luu Nguyen Location of the day: the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Downtown Phoenix.
Photo by Luu Nguyen

Setting up for the shoot.  Photo by Luu Nguyen Setting up for the shoot.
Photo by Luu Nguyen

Looking through the lens from a different perspective. Photo by Luu Nguyen Looking through the lens from a different perspective.
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Between the two different lifestyles of China and America, Li says he has had to form a relationship with someone who is in a different walk of life.

He found his roommate off Craigslist: a 55-year-old man who enjoys doing early laundry on the weekends, Li says.

Li says he still enjoys the time he’s had in Arizona despite challenges and cultural differences. Currently, Li is waiting to take his driver’s permit test. And despite the distance, he spends his free time catching up with friends through Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.

Before deciding to attend graduate school in the states, Li studied English with a concentration in mass media at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

But with hopes of one day becoming a journalist in China, Li says he takes his passion for learning new things everyday and channels it into his work as a student.

In pursuit of his dream to be a journalist, his determination and drive made the hardships of the journey easier to overcome, Li says.

“Being a journalist is a really good job for me because you can learn something new everyday,” he says.

Double checking the footage in a different light. Photo by Luu Nguyen Double checking the footage in a different light.
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Practice makes perfect. Photo by Luu Nguyen Practice makes perfect.
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An outside view of Pei Li's rehearsal. Photo by Luu Nguyen An outside view of Pei Li's rehearsal.
Photo by Luu Nguyen

With another day complete, Pei Li looks towards the future. Photo by Luu Nguyen With another day complete, Pei Li looks towards the future.
Photo by Luu Nguyen

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Reach the videographer at ltnguy14@asu.edu or via Twitter @luu_t_nguyen


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