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Round the world then back to BISS with Aleah

AN interview with Aleah Embley, 10-year-old student at the British International School Shanghai's Nanxiang campus.

Q: Where were you born?

A: I was born in Scotland, in a city called Aberdeen.

Q: Have you ever lived in Aberdeen?

A: No! I lived there for the first two weeks of my life but I don't remember it. After that I moved to Taiwan.

Q: How many cities have you lived in?

A: I lived in Taiwan for three years but we moved after the big earthquake. After that I lived in Venezuela for two years, I know I liked it but I don't remember it very well now. I learned to speak Spanish when I lived in Venezuela.

Then I lived in Norway for four years and learnt to ski and snowboard and speak Norwegian. We really liked Norway as well. Sometimes I think I'm Norwegian but I'm not really. After that we lived in Thailand for about two years before we came to Shanghai.

Q: Do you think of yourself as Scottish, British, Norwegian or something else?

A: I don't think of myself as any of those things, I'm just me. I have a British passport but so does my sister and she was born in China and has only been to England for about four weeks in her whole life. My mum and dad are British so I think that makes me feel a bit British and I like to go to Tesco when we go home to visit my grandparents.

Q: Do you worry about not having a real home?

A: I don't think about it really, it's not like that for me. I don't like moving around so much now because sometimes I have to leave my friends and that can be sad. When I was younger I didn't mind so much but now I think I would like to stay here for a little bit longer. I do like to go to new places and see new things.

Q: Where are your friends from?

A: All over the place. I have friends still from Norway and Thailand and lots of friends from my new school in Shanghai.

I don't really ask where people are from ?? just if they can be my friend and if we can get along.

This is the last part of the series profiling the experience of students living abroad and how the BISS community makes life in China better.


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