Self proclaimed 'Chinese Cowboy' embraces southern culture

Self proclaimed 'Chinese Cowboy' embraces southern culture

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

At just 20-years-old Shibo 'Bruce' Wang packed up his bags and moved nearly 7,000 miles away from China to Texas Tech. 

Naturally there have been road blocks including learning a whole new language and culture. 

"I may appear to be unique, but I don't think I'm much unique," Wang said.

Bruce calls himself, the 'Chinese cowboy'. He often dresses like a cowboy wearing a western-styled shirt, cowboy hat and boots. 

"If you trace back to any society, any culture, the roots of their heritage usually lies beneath agriculture," Wang said. 

After attending a rodeo in West Texas, Wang said he found the culture endearing. 
"When I look at these cowboys and farmers working out on the field, sometimes it makes me feel a bit shameful for not being a hard working person," Wang said.

Wang chose to fully embrace the southern culture. His first task was nailing down the accent. 
"The southern accent, or the southern accent's in general they're probably the most beautiful in the English language," Wang said. "For me it just sounds very smooth, very gentle. It's like a soft stream of a mountain stream." 

Wang said it took hours of watching videos of southerners and then recording himself speak until he got it down. He now posts videos, helping others. 

"Language is a window to a culture," Wang said. "But how well and how much detail you know about the language, that kind of determines how clear and how well you're able to see outside that window." 

After graduating last December, he has been working in advertisement for a feedlot in Cochran County. 

"There's nights where I just drove to the field and slept in my car and on the farm field I've kinda enjoyed that," Wang said. "After that, I just go around the feedlot and shoot video and take pictures of the cattle." 

He said the biggest lesson he has learned from embracing a new culture is embracing others for who they are. 
"Just that realization of me making the mistake to judge a society, a culture, that I wasn't willing to put myself in a position to learn it well," Wang said.

Wang said he is considering staying to attend graduate school but if he does go back to China, he would like to stay in the agriculture industry. 

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