Hi everyone, my name is Lydia, and I was born in Chongqing, China. My Chinese name is 刘玥莹 (Liu yueying). Liu is my family name. Yue stands for the moon, and ying is crystal. When I was 10, I moved from Chongqing to Guangdong due to my parents’ work. Moving inside China is a big thing because it was a totally different culture, food, climate, and sometimes we even suffer discrimination because we are from outside of the province.
My parents and my generation are the lucky ones who have experienced the Chinese economic boom and globalization because even study in the US or EU was an unimaginable thing for me.
When I was a kid, I remembered we only had one small apartment in terms of household goods. But after their hard work (they have owned their own business), they actually worked 18 hours per day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Now, our financial situation got much better. Nevertheless, we cannot ignore that the gap between rich and poor is also getting more prominent in China.
When I was 20, in 2011, my family and I decided that I came to the Netherlands to do my bachelor’s and master’s in law. Therefore, I came by myself with 2 big suitcases, a big package, and a “Dutch dream.”
In 2020, it is almost 10 years for my staying in the Netherlands. I lived in 5 different cities. , moved 8 times within the country, had a lot of happy, sad, proud, vulnerable moments. I have decided to share my stories, or cheerful, touching or heart-breaking, or shocking experiences, thoughts, and cultural differences that I have encountered, different and beautiful individuals that I met here. I am also very grateful for my family back home, who always loves me and supports me.
Hope it presents to you what my life is, and we will support each other to move along.
I am looking forward to seeing you all soon!
With love 14th Aug 2020 Eindhoven