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"My Mom changed my birthday…"

Today was the first day back in class. I have 125 new students and I always enjoy reading their information on their notecards. From what I understand, it’s not uncommon for Chinese people to say that a child turning 1 is actually turning 2, because they can count the 9 months spent in the womb as the child’s first year. It’s a cultural difference. In the wake of the Chinese gymnastics scandal during the Olympics where there were rampant birth date confusions and falsifications, I thought this student’s interesting fact about herself was especially amusing.

In China’s education politics, I should study in Junior 3. But my Mom changed my birthday and birth year to August 26, 1993. So in that way, I study in Senior 1 this year. In other words, I am 1 year younger than all other students in my class.


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