The First Lady's Travel Journal

( ) Updated: 2014-03-22 08:25:21

Editor's note: Michelle is posting a daily travel blog and the following is the excerpt from her journal.

The First Lady's Travel Journal

US first lady Michelle Obama (C) practicestai chiwith students at Chengdu No 7 High School during her visit in Chengdu, Sichuan province, March 25, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

The First Lady's Travel Journal
Obama practices tai chi in Chengdu
The First Lady's Travel Journal
Michelle Obama visits City Wall in Xi'an

March 25, 2014

Chinese families and students tend to place a very high value on education. Many parents in China make great sacrifices to give their children the best education possible, and many students study long hours to get a good score on the GaoKao.

I started my visit at the No. 7 School by speaking with about 600 students in their school auditorium – and about 12,000 of the remote students participated by video. I talked with the students about how, when we live so far from each other, it's easy for us to develop all kinds of misconceptions about each other – but it often turns out that we have so much in common. I cited my own experience growing up in America as an example and pointed out that many parts of my story – my humble background, the closeness of my family, my parents' determination to see my brother and I get a good education – are similar to their life stories.

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