Shanghai 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 27

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1972

PLACE OF BIRTH: Shanghai Municipality

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Chinese (exact ethnicity unknown)

OCCUPATION: graduate student

EDUCATION: At the time of the recording, the subject was an accounting student.

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject came to live in the United States at an unspecified time before the recording,  apparently to take up her graduate studies.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Cynthia Blaise and Shawn Muller

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/08/1999

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

When, OK, before I came here I had a lot of dreams. They told me … my friend told me, “You can’t imagine how beautiful U.S. (United States) is.” Then when … when I came here, I realize what they said was not right. It is not as beautiful as what I thought from the picture. I re … I noticed there’s many poor people and then what I concentrate on is, I want to learn in the …understand and … um, I want to learn the Western culture. So, um, I will … I go to school, make the friend, then I just try to see what’s the difference of them with me. I noticed, the people, they’re all the same, whatever, where they’re living. They are working for money. They have their own problem, maybe just different kind of problem. For example, in my country my friend, they have no drug problem, but maybe here they have drug, alcohol problem. But in my country, there are few of them have that kind of problem. But the people, their thoughts … the way they’re thinking … a lot of their … there’s a lot of in common.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Mitchell Kelly

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/01/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

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