A recent Chinese TV series highlights the challenges of adapting to new culture, Zhu Dunhua reports.
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When Zhu, 24, now an employee of an international hotel mana
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ene. Huang Xiaodong (acted by Zeng Shunxi), a young overseas student, on his first day in a foreign land, drags his l
uggage in the middle of the night to school after the car he was being driven in breaks down.