I don't know if it would "be different" if I spent my first year teaching in China living in a big city - like Shanghai or Beijing. Would I see more "foreign- US- films"?, would I find/eat more swiss/mozzarella/cheddar cheese and a variety of breads? One year in China is barely scratching the surface.
and maybe ... the disconnect is good? maybe it gives me even more to look forward to/ask about when I go home?
(and speaking of movies, I definitely look forward to seeing BOTH "Titanic 3D" AND "The Hunger Games" in the movie THEATER when I get back to New York! They're both coming out around April/May 2012!)