Why I Call Hohhot Home
As a university student, I knew I wanted to spend a few years abroad after graduation, although I had no specific idea where in the world I would go. I ended up in Hohhot, capital city of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, because a friend of a friend had studied at Inner Mongolia University and introduced me to the language study program there. I had this idea that being in China wasn’t remote enough or cool enough to have the kinds of adventurous tales I wanted to have upon my return to the United States, but somehow “Inner Mongolia” seemed like it might offer those kinds of exploits. Little did I know that moving to Hohhot would also mean that the next 11 years would be spent thinking of increasingly clever ways to explain that I do, in fact, live in China and not in the country of Mongolia. My current explanation usually involves this analogy: Inner Mongolia is to China as New Mexico is to the United States.
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How about you? Why do you call Hohhot home? Or do you? Do you see yourself as passing through or as a member of the community? Leave your thoughts in the comments.