Awkward: Learning from “I don’t know” | Kaiyang Wu | TEDxUNLV

Each year, thousands of international students, journey across oceans and continents to attend colleges and universities in the United States. One thing common to all of them are awkward moments resulting from cultural and language barriers. In his talk, Kaiyang uses personal stories to illustrate a simple solution -- admitting “I don’t know” -- to overcome the awkwardness and gain new understanding. Kaiyang Wu, born and raised in China, has an M.S. in Hotel Administration, an M.A. in Economics and a graduate certificate in Management of Information Systems from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is an exceptionally dedicated student who excels in research and will settle for little less than perfection. As a lead author, Wu has published an article on food consumption by Chinese tourists in Journal of Business Research. He is also an individual whose presence and contributions in class and in extracurricular activities motivate others to succeed. His achievements and contributions to the UNLV campus are well recognized, as he was a UNLV commencement speaker in 2014 and an outstanding graduate in 2016. Right now, Kaiyang is working on his doctoral degree in marketing at the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at