They are great. Mama is a retired factory worker who loves to sing karaoke, play piano, dance, and try to guess what foods I like and don't like. She always says "americans don't like this", but then I tell her I am different... that I do like a lot of "those" things, and it confounds her. She doesn't seem to believe me, but I eat it, and I think she's slowly getting used to it. haha..
Baba works about 9am-7pm at one of the local universities. I reckon my university is English focused, and the one he works at is Russian focused. So he speaks Russian. Which he told me, obviously does us no good...haha...
Gege (brother) is a manager at a computer company. Works from 10am-8pm or so sometimes later. He loves American Movies... and video games. Pete would like him...ha
The thing that I like most about them is they aren't overwhelming. The other homestay kids say their families cook huge meals every night, and shower them with stuff. My family: very chill, haven't had a meal with more than 1 person at a time, no over feeding, no showering of stuff... exactly what I hoped for. I reckon the guy they had last semester was said to know chinese, but they told me he spoke next to no chinese, and it was difficult. He loved sitting in his room watching US movies that he bought for cheap on the street, so they assume I love it too. I don't watch any movies. They also assumed I love to drink beer, and that I hate Fensi (粉丝, a type of noodles), which happens to be my favorite (it's the clear kind...). But they are getting used to me. Mama is comfortable with my chinese now, and Baba is still not convinced I understand anything .... haha... He hasn't met an american who speaks any decent amount of Chinese. But I understand most of what they say. I also translate a lot for the other homestays. I am the only one who speaks enough chinese... most don't know any. So some random host mom will come down and ask "Lu-keh, what is he saying!?" and I'll intermediate... it's fun.
Interviews for Internships
Have been alright. In the least, I've had to figure out how to get around Shanghai all on my own. The company I think I'm going with is Student Quest, who basically recruits Chinese University students to work summer jobs in the US as part of a English/culture experience. I like them mostly because their office is right in the middle of a popular part of Shanghai, the metro lets off right at the foot of their building, and they are on the 11th floor with a great great view of the city, and I might get to travel around China with them for presentations and whatnot.
Again, it's all tasty, but so so much oil. I love the food at the small restaurants, get a meal for $1.20 USD. My host mom and dad say... "you are young, and so need to eat more." I say... I'm honestly full enough. If I eat too much, I'll feel sick. And other past homestays say they gained a ton of weight, which I don't want to do... ha... Also, another logic thing that isn't so much related to food, but along the same lines as "if you don't eat more, you'll be hungry...": they keep telling me I'm not wearing enough clothes, that it's too cold in the house. But I'm a warm blooded kinda guy. I'm fine. I feel hot with my sweatshirt on, but they aren't convinced even when I tell them "I'm too hot, so I'll take off my sweater..."
That's all for now. Need some sleep! Oh, and my class schedule is great: 10am-3pm, Mon-Thurs. 12-1 we have lunch, so yeah.