Other than screening abstracts, I also have to manage the CHIRPY DRAGON Project along with my teammates. As the project involve the participation of three primary schools in Guangzhou, I have to draft and translate relevant consent form and information sheets for teachers, parents and students. Besides, under the supervision of Dr. Li and Dr. Liu from CDC in Guagnzhou, I learnt that cultural awareness accounts for the success of the project. For instance, the language we use in the information sheets have to fit into the context and do not arouse any misunderstanding that would prevent students or schools from participating. It involves trust building which is particularly important in modern China because citizens are always alert to protect themselves especially when they don’t trust external organization from other countries. From this, I realized that contextual and cultural understanding is essential to effective communication and cooperation, especially on an international scale.
Besides working, the delegation of responsibilities is also worth learning. Every Wednesday, we rotate to collect some home-made sweet soup from the CDC to our department. When the water runs out from the water machine, we also have to collect water bottle from the ground floor. I find this training of self-disciplinary very inspiring because it creates a disciplinary and sustainable environment to employees there. I have worked in big company but most of these little things are always taken for granted and employees all focus on themselves. Learning about the difference between the collectivism from oriental culture and individualism from western culture definitely gives me perspective on how to balance on my working ethos