Environmentalist in China

I just received an offer from Ellen MacArthur Foundation to be part of their new China project as a research analyst. This for me is a dream job for it perfectly combines my professional interest and passion in urban development and circular economy. What’s more amazing is that this is the exact opportunity I needed to return to China.

My profile on EMF

I was eager to see the world when I left home six years ago. It was a decision that changed my life because I got the freedom to explore the world through traveling and studying; as well as the encouragement to follow my heart. Now after receiving my entire higher education in the western world, I feel ready and excited to reconnect with China again for its exhilarating opportunities and challenges.

Leaving my community of friends and professionals in Europe is certainly not easy, and I fully anticipate many culture shocks and challenges when I return home, but I guess this is the time of my life to be uncomfortable.

So I am hoping to be sharing this experience next year with my friends and fellow sustainability professionals who are curious about what it’s like to be an environmentalist in China.

Let me end the first post of this series with a poem:

“Why do you go away?

So that you can come back.

So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors.

And the people there see you differently, too.

Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky