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The following was originally published in the Shenzhen Daily.  By now, almost everyone in China has heard that Liu Cixin was the big winner at the 2015 Hugo Awards, becoming the first Chinese novelist to win science fiction’s highest honor of best novel for his book “The Three-Body Problem.” What many have not heard, however, is …
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Happy Qixi Festival Everyone! I wrote the following a couple of months ago but thought it was appropriate to share today, on Chinese Valentine’s Day! The Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day is known as Qixi Festival, which is held of the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Qixi celebrates the story of the cowherd …
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The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel is a novelization of the life of Japanese spy Yoshiko Kawashima, who was also known as Eastern Jewel. While the book was interesting, it focused far too much on Yoshiko’s sexuality. The book’s description says: Peking, 1914. When the eight-year-old princess Eastern Jewel is caught spying on her father’s liaison …
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I’ve seen Amy Mebberson’s fan art before. She did a really cute group image of the Disney Princesses as Dr. Who a couple of years ago that went viral. But I didn’t realize she was the same artist behind the Pocket Princesses series. Pocket Princesses is a one-panel comic series that started in 2012 and …
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When I was at the HK Book Fair a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a copy of Susan Barker’s The Incarnations. The description reads: Beijing, 2008, the Olympics are coming, but as taxi driver Wang circles the city’s congested streets, he feels barely alive. His daily grind is suddenly interrupted when he finds …
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I had only been in China for a few months the first time someone told me I could buy a baby in China. I had told one of my new friends at our school in rural, northern Hunan about my dream of adopting a child in China. “Why bother with that?” she asked. “Just go …
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I recently finished reading The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. It is a really fascinating book that I highly enjoyed and would recommend. The book’s description does not do the book justice. According to Amazon: Li Lan, the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia, hopes for a favorable marriage, but her father has …
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This past weekend, Seth, Zoe, and I made our way to the Hong Kong Book Fair. The Hong Kong Book Fair is the largest book show in Asia, with over 500 vendors from over 30 countries and over 1 million guests. We had two purposes for our trip: finding a publisher and buying banned books. …
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Today is the first ever International Authors’ Day! It’s a day to show appreciation for all of the authors you know and love. I am very proud that I am able to now tell people that I’m a writer. I haven’t made a lot of money (yet!), but I have decided to devote my life …
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Today’s guest post was submitted by Karen. I love staying in inexpensive hostels when traveling around China. This new capsule hotel might be worth checking out if you ever visit Xi’an.  Taking up an entire floor of a commercial center near Xi’An’s train station is China’s first, fully-functional capsule hotel. Capsule hotels were popularized by …
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An 11-year-old girl is taking the Luohu District Public Security Subbureau of Shenzhen to court for the second time in her fight for her hukou registration. In China, every citizen has to have a hukou, or residency permit, in order to avail themselves of social services such as schooling and medical care. But millions of children …
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While watching the American TV show “How I Met Your Mother,” I asked my mom how she met my father. “Why do you want to know that? It is not romantic at all,” she asked. “Oh, come on, I just want to hear your story,” I replied. “I grew up in a family without much …
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If you haven’t heard of Rachel Dolezal, then you are one lucky duck. Dolezal made international headlines last week when it was revealed that she, a White woman, had spent the better part of a decade masquerading as a Black person and was even the chapter president of the Spokane, Washington branch of the NAACP. What …
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Today’s guest post comes from David at Photography Dock. I am sure all expats want to take the best and most striking pictures of their travels abroad, so I was thrilled when David offered to do this guest post on taking street shots in China. I hope you will find it as educational as I …
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My husband Seth and I are big geeks, as everyone who knows us or has read this blog knows. We have gone to great lengths to recapture some of the geeky atmosphere we left behind in our old country. This has including visiting some pretty lame and poorly organized gaming and anime conventions around China. …
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Recently, a man in Hubei was sentenced to life in prison for causing the deaths of four people when he crashed into a group of pedestrians after suffering from an epileptic seizure. Most of the comments in response to the article have centered around how stupid it was of the man to keep his illness …
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I had been excited for over 6 months about my trip to America since my godparents told me they were going to take me there for Chinese New Year, but from the very beginning, I barely knew anything about our plans. My mom decided this would be a surprise trip for me and she did …
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The following was originally published by the Shenzhen Daily.  Last week, when Beijing announced that seeing eye dogs would be allowed on the Beijing metro, my first thought wasn’t “wow, this is a great move on Beijing’s part.” Instead, my first thought was “seeing eye dogs weren’t already allowed on Beijing subways?” followed by “seeing …
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Over 30 years ago, a young woman named Adi in her early 20s was in a tragic accident that left her with the mind of an infant. Even though she had the body of an adult, she couldn’t care for herself or even express herself to those around her. One day, a ‘barefoot’ doctor came …
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The Internet erupted in cheers after the announcement that Disney is going to start production on a live-action version of Mulan. After the roaring success of Cinderella, Disney has a whole slate of films planned that will turn their beloved children’s cartoons into live-action versions, including Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, and The Jungle Book. …
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As any reader of this blog or anyone who has ever met us knows, our dream is to adopt a baby here in China. We finally took that first step and submitted our initial application, which was approved last week! Yay! That was probably the easiest step, though. I was immediately given about 50 more …
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The following was originally published in The Shenzhen Daily. It is republished here in full with links to sources added.  HARDLY a week goes by that the Chinese Government does not criticize the Japanese Government for refusing to acknowledge and apologize for its crimes in China during World War II. Since 2015 marks the 70th …
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One of the main reasons we wanted to visit San Francisco was to visit Chinatown. I know, we live in China and we wanted to go to Chinatown? Why not? We love Chinese people and Chinese culture no matter where in the world it is, and we thought it would be interesting to learn more …
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Ack! I can’t believe how long it has been since I last posted! I planned on doing posts while I was on vacation, but time just got away from me and the Internet at my in-laws house was terrible, so I hardly spent any time online. Anyway, here is how we spent our Chinese New …
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In the past, when people have asked me “is China safe?” I have answered “yes.” And most people would agree. In fact, if you Google “is China safe?” you will find plenty of forums that tout the safety of China, even for women. Yet I have been seeing more and more incidents of Western women …
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Talk about disappointing. Two years ago, when Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for literature for Frog, Westerners and Chinese were shocked and elated. The Chinese were ecstatic that a Chinese writer won the honor at all (he’s the only Chinese writer who lives in China to have ever won the prize) and Westerners were …
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Dear Ms. Thompson, Every day, women are told that they can only ever be truly happy if they give birth to a child. It is everywhere – from our own mothers, to politicians, to religious leaders, to books, movies, and TV shows. No matter what else a woman has in her life, no matter how …
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If you’ve never been to China, you probably haven’t heard the term “American-Born Chinese.” It is a uniquely Chinese phrase used to identify people who live in China of Chinese ethnicity but were born abroad, often truncated as ABC (or BBC for British-born Chinese or CBC for Canadian-born Chinese, and so on). In America, we …
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Last week, the opinion page editor sent me an opinion article and asked me “should we print this?” I thought it was a strange request since what the paper does and doesn’t print isn’t up to me. However, when I discovered that the article was basically about how Americans are hypocritical in how they use …
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My boss was kind enough to surprise me and the other American copy editor at the newspaper with a Christmas lunch a couple of weeks ago. As usual, I get asked why I don’t have kids. The question “why don’t you have kids” is something I am asked almost daily in China. In China, it …
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Yangshuo, Guangxi Autonomous Region, about an hour from Guilin, is one of the most beautiful towns in China. We spent about a week there when we first came to China since that is where the Buckland Training Center is located. We’ve been there twice since. There are so many beautiful and interesting places to visit …
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While walking to the subway with two of my coworkers yesterday, I had the following conversation: Sarah: Why do you live in China instead of Thailand? Me: Well, my husband and I are planning on adopting here in China. Sarah: Oh, is that very difficult for foreigners? Me: Yes. It is very difficult. It takes …
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As I’ve mentioned before on this blog and in my book, moving to China (especially to a rural area) meant having to relearn how to cook. At our first school, Lanjiang Zhizhong, three of our best students, Zoe, Arlene, and Jack, came over one night to help give me a crash course. Even 4 years …
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Well, I for one am happy to see the back of 2014. As much as I love living in Shenzhen, it is so much better than living in Changsha, 2014 was one nightmare of a  year. But the blog and my writing career are doing much better, which is awesome. So, in case you missed …
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This has been an extremely traumatic week, and I never thought such terrors would come from my housekeeper. In China, it is common practice for anyone middle-class or higher to have a housekeeper (or “ayi” as they are known here). Many ayis also work as nannies, even in expat homes. Usually, you will give a …
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Happy Holidays, Dear Readers! I thought an appropriate Throwback Thursday post would be a picture of our first Christmas in China. Christmas is not very popular here, and it is even more rare the more rural you get. In Lixian, the Christmas hats we are wearing are about all the Christmas things we could find. …
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One of the hardest things about my job is editing the “opinion” page of the paper. We have a lot of freedom on that page and can pretty much publish anything we want, but the same two old Chinese men write almost every week. There is the “China is great at all the things” guy …
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My husband and I spent the last week binge watching Marco Polo, Netflix’s answer to HBO’s Game of Thrones and Starz’ Outlander. Marco Polo is about the son of an Italian merchant, trader, and explorer who was left at the court of Kublai Khan (the Emperor of the Mongols) around 1273. Marco Polo was the most expensive …
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When my husband and I first came to China in 2010, the plan was to stay two years. Well, we are now going on our fifth year, and we don’t have any plans to leave. It’s hard to believe that we have been here long enough to start doing Throwback Thursday posts, but we have. …
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Teachers in China have a bad rap, and many rightly deserve to be criticized and even looked down on. Far too many unqualified expats come to China to “teach” just to make a buck at the expense of the students, parents, and schools. But every once in a while, a teacher comes along who completely …
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I grew up watching the Indiana Jones movies pretty much on a constant loop, and my favorite was The Temple of Doom! I always loved the opening scene where Willie Scott (played by Kate Capshaw) sang Anything Goes in Chinese. My youngest sister always had a ear for picking up songs and could sing this …
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I’ve been wanting to open an online shop here on the blog for a while, but I imagined it would be a really difficult thing. Apparently, with WordPress, it’s very easy! Check it my new shop here.  Just click on “Crazy Products” at the top of the page, select your items, then click on “checkout” under …
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Today is World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day “is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.” While many developed countries are seeing infection rates drop and have increased …
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I have no problem with the commercialism of the season. The giving of gifts, while spurred by corporations, usually comes from people’s hearts. But there are many ways you can spend your money, some ways better than others. Shopping local, supporting small businesses, and giving to those who are less fortunate are all excellent ways …
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Hi everyone. Welcome to my sixth post dedicated to helping you plan the perfect Thanksgiving dinner while living abroad. I first wrote about making sure you have all the right utensils and about how to prepare the all-important turkey. I followed up with how to make stuffing from scratch, how to make a delicious river …
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Hi everyone. Welcome to my fifth post dedicated to helping you plan the perfect Thanksgiving dinner while living abroad. I can’t believe how close Thanksgiving is getting! I’m going to have to move up the frequency of these posts to get done in time for the big day! I first wrote about making sure you …
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Hi everyone. Welcome to my fourth post dedicated to helping you plan the perfect Thanksgiving dinner while living abroad. I first wrote about making sure you have all the right utensils and about how to prepare the all-important turkey. I followed up with how to make stuffing from scratch and how to make a delicious river …
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While Seth and I were in Hong Kong for Halloween, we took the opportunity to stop by the Occupy Central protests. It was an amazing experience. If you get a chance to go to Hong Kong, go see the protesters. The area is clean, orderly, and safe. The protesters are pretty much just down there …
thanksgiving in chinese
Hi everyone. Welcome to my third post dedicated to helping you plan the perfect Thanksgiving dinner while living abroad. I first wrote about making sure you have all the right utensils and about how to prepare the all-important turkey. I followed up with how to make stuffing from scratch. Today, I’m going to explain how …
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Hi everyone. Welcome to my second post dedicated to helping you plan the perfect Thanksgiving dinner while living abroad. Last time, I wrote about making sure you have all the right utensils and about how to prepare the all-important turkey. Today, I’m going to talk about your turkey’s main squeeze, the stuffing! The Stuffing The …
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FOOD. It’s pretty much the main topic of conversation among expats and never more so than around Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of the worst times to be away from home, so many Americans do their best to recreate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for their new friends and family overseas. But cooking while living in a …
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It’s here! It’s here! After more than a year of work, Crazy Dumplings is finally available on Amazon Kindle. It should be available in paperback from Amazon in a couple of days. What is Crazy Dumplings? Dumplings are found throughout Asia and in Chinese restaurants and kitchens around the world, but have you ever filled a …
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My husband and I are gamers. It’s how we met. We have also both worked in the gaming industry here in China. So we have been following GamerGate pretty much since the beginning. If you don’t know what GamerGate is, lucky you, but keep reading to find out all about it. I wrote about it …
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Over the National Day Holiday, Seth, Zoe and I went to Macau for a day. We originally planned to go to Disneyland, but there was a mix-up with Zoe’s visa and she ended up with one for Macau (“Hong Kong is China” my ass if Chinese citizens need a visa to go there).  But we …
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I’ve been posting as much as I can about the Hong Kong protests both to my personal Facebook page and to my official Two Americans in China account. I also changed my profile pic to one that shows support for the protesters. I’ve written about it in my newsletter. I’ve been talking to my goddaughter about why …
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I’ve been casually following the debates surrounding the topic of mothers breastfeeding in public in the U.S. I say casually because it isn’t something that affects me personally, but is a frequent topic on websites that center around women and feminism, so I read the stories but don’t generally get worked up about it. But …
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We went to HK yesterday to ship stuff to America (another post coming soon about that), but since we ended up in HK with at least 6 hours to kill, we went to Disneyland. It was a great day to go.Usually Saturdays are horribly crowded, but with the National Day holiday starting on Wednesday, no …
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There was a disturbing story today about how a man’s rapist was basically given a get-out-of-jail-free card on a technicality. That technicality? The fact that male-on-male rape is not considered a crime in China. Rape is one of the most common crimes in China, but it is also one of the most under-reported. China also has …
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Ever since President Xi Jinping came into office and declared a “war on graft,” there has been much publicity surrounding punishments of corrupt officials. Many view the punishment of these people as a good thing, proof that the war is effective. But there is one group of people who seem to be unfairly caught in …
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This is pretty exciting. The Two Americans in China blog is now available on a subscription basis for Amazon’s Kindle! For 99 cents per month, you can have every post (including pictures) delivered automatically to your Kindle device. Why would you pay 99 cents for what you can already get for free? The main reason …
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Mara Hvistendhal’s book Unnatural Selection – Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men was quite eye opening for me. Several months ago, American-based websites and blogs that write about feminist and AAPI issues were livid over lawmakers trying to pass legislation against sex-selective abortions in America. Most decried the laws as …
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My surname is not my husband’s surname. My surname is not the surname I was born with. My surname I took from my first husband. I kept it after the divorce because by that time the name was mine. I went to university as Amanda Roberts. All of my years of hard work were under …
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Why, yes, this is my fourth review of a book about Cixi. I’m a little obsessed. (You can read my take on Anchee Min’s books here and here and Jung Chang’s here.) When I saw that Pearl S. Buck had a novel about Cixi, I just had to read her version of this fascinating woman. While …
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In the past, I have talked to different public school teachers here in China about how much money they make. The Chinese are always fascinated by how much more expat employees are paid than locals, and I am usually equally mystified by how little locals are paid. I truly do not know how some people …
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We did it! We reached our funding goal in only 7 days, but then we completely blew past any expectations to exceed $9,000 (including a few backers from outside Kickstarter) and got almost 450 backers! Woo hoo! There is still a lot of work ahead. I am waiting to get recipe ideas from backers and …
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We have a little over a week left in the campaign, but we zoomed past 200% funded and just passed 300 backers! This is just amazing. There is typically a big jump in the last week, so I am anxious to see just how high this will go. I’m only sorry I don’t have any …
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(It was after I started writing this that I realised just how long this post was, so I decided to break it up into two parts. Yesterday’s post focused on women in the show Penny Dreadful;  today’s post focuses on people of color, specifically Chinese characters, in the show.) People of Color To begin with, …
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(It was after I started writing this that I realised just how long this post was, so I decided to break it up into two parts. Today’s post focuses on women in the show Penny Dreadful;  tomorrow’s post will focus on people of color, specifically Chinese characters, in the show.) I know a lot of …
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These were made for Kickstarter backer Jay Haney, who wanted something peanutty and vegetarian. My husband declared them “pretty good for vegetarian.” This recipe is really versatile. You can use whatever veggies you like; the ones listed here are just examples. You could even use frozen mixed vegetables and just mash them or chop them …
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Earlier this month, I was pretty harsh on Anchee Min’s The Last Empress. And rightly so. Her boring, flat characterization of one of China’s most controversial leaders was hugely disappointing. Jung Chang succeeds where Min failed. Even though Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China is a non-fiction account, the story of Cixi’s …
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I love Disney and almost everything associated with it. My husband and I are from Orlando and we were proud Disney World season pass holders. One of the best things about moving to Shenzhen was being only a boat ride and a subway ride away from Hong Kong Disneyland where we are platinum members. But I …
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We had amazing second week! Crazy Dumplings now has over 200 backers and has raised over $4,500, over 150% of our initial goal! We are heading into week 3, which is always a rough patch for almost all Kickstarter projects. The initial excitement has worn off and there is a lull before the final sense …
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Many years before I ever imagined I would be living in China, I remember having a conversation with a woman at church who owned rental properties. This woman is one of the most hateful people I have ever met in my life, so what she said probably shouldn’t have made an impression, but it was …
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While it’s easy to find articles about “gifts to bring with you to China” or “gift giving in China,” I’ve never seen anyone talk about what to do if you want to send a gift to someone in China from America or Europe. In today’s guest post, Betsy McLeod talks about this interesting situation. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ …
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I knew Crazy Dumplings would do much better this time around. Through trial and error, with better pictures, better rewards, and with a bunch of awesome backers from last time still giving me support, I knew we would succeed. My personal goal was to reach the funding goal within two weeks. Even though we have …
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I have been experimenting a lot with tea lately. I found a great tea shop on our last trip to Changsha, so I forced myself to finally learn how to steep tea. I’m still not an expert, but I have been having a lot of fun learning about tea. I don’t think I’m the only …
One of the best things about living in Shenzhen is the arts and culture scene. While not the best (Kansas City probably t akes the cake for arts culture out of all the cities I have lived), it is pretty good. There are tons of concerts, art exhibits, theater performances, and other events to choose …
The bad thing about working for a Chinese newspaper is having to sometimes proof articles that are are so blatantly propagandist or that so closely toe the party line, they make my eyes hurt. I love my job (a lot, seriously), but the amount of articles that I have to read regarding how much China …
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I just relaunched my Kickstarter campaign to raise funding and support for my first cookbook, Crazy Dumplings! I have been cooking and writing in China for almost 4 years now (geeze, has it been that long?), and I have been wanting to write a cookbook since almost the beginning. This will definitely only be the first …
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EVER since “The Joy Luck Club” burst onto the literary scene in 1989, Amy Tan’s name has been synonymous with Asian literature. Even though many other authors such as Anchee Min and Lisa See have also found massive audiences, success in the Asian literature market wouldn’t have been possible without Tan. Tan is possibly the …
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I like Anchee Min; I’ve read and reviewed several of her books and I own most of them, which I will read in the future. However, The Last Empress is possibly her worst book and I would not recommend it. I’m not sure what happened here. I really enjoyed Empress Orchid, and The Last Empress is …
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MOST people love their pets. Indeed, many people consider their pets to be members of the family. The death of a beloved pet can be truly devastating. But how far would you go to keep your little Fido with you forever? My Friend Again, a company in South Korea, is pioneering pet cloning. For some …
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This is a disturbing trend. According to several articles in the Shenzhen Daily, sex-selective abortions seem to be on the rise even as China’s new “two-child policy” rolls out across the country. Last October, the 18th National Congress of China (the CPC) announced that in families where one parent was a single child, the family …
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I visited the Shenzhen Museum yesterday morning. I’ll write more about that later when I can get to my camera, but in the afternoon I went to a poetry workshop with the Shenzhen Writers Circle. For some reason, when I was told to just start writing, I wrote about this…   A Dead Antelope at …
I just read an article in the Shenzhen Daily that has me fuming. A 16-year old girl gave birth to twins on Sunday. Her 20-year old boyfriend is denying paternity and avoiding her calls, refusing to take responsibility for the children. Already, there are two problems with this story. 1) The man is not being …
Thanks to everyone who joined in on the Women’s History Month giveaway! Congrats to Laura Alvarez Mendívil! She will have plenty of reading to do for a while with her book pack! This was so much fun a super easy. Join our mailing list to hear about more giveaways in the future!  
As my last post for Women’s History Month, I wrote an article about Michelle Obama for the Shenzhen Daily. “Lawyer and volunteer activist Michelle Obama charmed China this week during her week-long tour of the country with her daughters and mother as she talked about education, family, and fostering friendship between the two nations.” Click …
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To celebrate Women’s History Month, I had a small piece published in the Shenzhen Daily today featuring three amazing, historical Chinese women you probably never heard of. Because of space and reasons, though, the article is pretty short and doesn’t do these women justice. After reading the article, I hope you will look up Mary …
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Within hours of my article “Postponing of Baby Hatch Disgraces Shenzhen” being published, news broke that Guangzhou was temporarily closing its baby hatch (“baby hatch” is the unfortunate term used to describe small buildings where parents can safely abandon their children). According to authorities, the Guangzhou baby hatch had received so many children, the Social …
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My first op-ed for the Shenzhen Daily was published today! SHENZHEN officials recently announced that the opening of the city’s first baby hatch — a small facility where abandoned newborns can be safely dropped off — has been postponed indefinitely. This is unacceptable. While it’s important for the baby hatch to have functional equipment — …
It’s Women’s History Month! To celebrate, I’m giving away a set of books by female Chinese authors and Pearl S. Buck because she was a pioneer for Asian literature in the west. Who wouldn’t want free books?!? All of these are in digital format (.mobi for Kindle), but if you don’t have a Kindle or …
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Today, I entered one of my dumpling recipes into the Spoonful My Take Winter Kitchen Contest sponsored by Disney. The challenge was to choose a recipe from eight winter recipes provided and make my own special version of it. Of course, I jumped at the chance to make a Disney dumpling. In fact, I recently …
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Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama is a novel about women who worked in a silk factory in rural southern China from the 1920’s to the beginnings of the Japanese invasion in the mid-1930’s. I picked up this book because I am very interested in the way silk was processed in China in pre-industrial …
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Happy early Valentine’s Day! My husband and I will be spending the holiday weekend gallivanting around Hong Kong, so I am posting this lovely story a little early. The following was originally published at iPinion Syndicate and republished here with permission from the author. When it comes to America and marriage, a generation has made …
The Global Times ran a piece recently about how Chinese officials have expressed concerned for the rural wives of migrant workers. That’s Magazine, a popular group of English magazines ran a crass piece regurgitating the original article with the title “Official Concerned that Rural Women Aren’t Getting Laid Enough.” I’m not going to link it …
The China Daily reported today that “China will speed up the exploration of immigration policies this year to attract skilled foreign workers.” The funny thing is that the article doesn’t mention why China, one of the most populous nations on earth, is suffering a worker shortage other than an “aging population.” China has dug itself …
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The following video “Beijingers on Feminism” was uploaded by the Shanghaiist earlier today*. It’s really interesting and I think everyone should watch it. So what is my take on it? First of all, it is unfortunate that the word “feminism” has such a bad rap here in China. It’s almost as bad as its reputation …
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So, my husband and I are a little obsessed with American food. We do eat (and I cook) Chinese food most days, but at least two or three times a week, I like to cook American. But it can be very difficult. While many foods (like Mexican foods and Italian foods) I can make from …
Adoption is extremely important to me. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, adopting a baby here in China is my main goal in life (and something I will be talking about on the blog more in coming weeks). My need to adopt my children is as strong in me as the need to birth …
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I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while, but didn’t come across the right opportunity until now. I received a notice overnight about a child caught pooping in one of the bronze bowls on Changsha’s Walking Street with help from his father. Down the center of Walking Street are several bronze statues depicting …
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