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As our last hurrah before the baby comes, we went to Japan for the National Day holiday. We went to the Kansai area – Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe. It was amazing. I’m going to have to break up the trip report into different posts because there is just so much to talk about. The first thing I want to share is the food! Japan in a foodie paradise. Any kind of food you want, you can find here, and so much more! I thought that I would be eating sushi and sake every day, but 1) sushi is not popular in …
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We finally found our daughter! Anyone who knows us or follows this blog knows that our adoption journey has been a long and difficult one. But we are so happy to finally announce that we have found our daughter! Meet little Zofia! As a blogger and now a mommy blogger, I am still wrestling with how much information to share about her. I am a pretty open person and I love talking about my life in China and the adoption process, but this isn’t only my story. Where does my story end and Zofia’s begin? I’m not sure, and I …
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For Chinese New Year back in February, we went to Vietnam. I can’t believe how long it has taken me to post this (well, actually I can, it has been a crazy busy year!), but better late than never! We have been traveling around Southeast Asia quite a bit recently since we live so close to the Hong Kong airport, which makes it very quick and cheap to travel around the region. Even though most Americans don’t typically think of Vietnam when pondering vacation choices, I had heard great things over the years about it from Australians and Europeans, so …
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I am so excited to announce that my first novel is now available for pre-order! I first started writing Threads of Silk back when we lived in Hunan, and a lot of it was inspired by the people and things I came across while living there, especially Hunan embroidery. The book will be published by Red Empress Publishing. The cover artist was Cherith Vaughan. I love the cover so much. If you need a cover done, I highly recommend Cherith. She is a freelance commercial artist who is actively seeking new clients. Threads of Silk is now available for pre-order! Order …
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In the past few years, there have been more calls for diversity in Hollywood. For the last two years, #OscarsSoWhite trended around the Internet after people of color were completely shut out of the acting categories and most of the categories altogether at the Oscars. But the lack of diversity in Hollywood is not limited to big budget silver screen films. A far more daily reminder of the lack of diversity in Hollywood plays out on the small screen. This is slowly changing, though. There are several TV shows out there right now that feature Chinese actors. In order to …
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An ad by cosmetics company SK-II recently went viral in China. The ad tackles the topic of “leftover women,” women in China who are not married by age 25. Watch the ad below. The ad has had millions of views and has sparked debate and discussion around the country. Some people believe the ad is empowering. Some think it is pandering. Personally, I think the ad is daring not only because it empowers women, but because it directly undermines the Chinese government. The derogatory term “leftover women” (剩女; shèngnǚ;) was coined over a decade ago by the All-China Women’s Association, …
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The following was originally published in the Shenzhen Daily.  One day, your parents are gone. Your home is gone. You don’t know where you are. You are in a new, strange place. There are other people around you who seem nice, but they are not your parents. There are other children in this place. You cry and cry and wait and wait, but Mommy and Daddy never come back. Sometimes the other children disappear from this new place. Sometimes the caretakers leave and new ones arrive. You have trouble trusting or bonding with anyone because you never know if they …
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Hard to believe the Crazy Dumplings II Kickstarter campaign is almost over! There are only 4 days left for you to back Crazy Dumplings II and get some great backer rewards. So if you haven’t backed us already, what are you waiting for? If you back, you’ll get a Thank You from me (along with a really awesome cookbook!) just like all these awesome people: Heather Morgan, Kathleen Young Tejeda, Brendan Clougherty, Richard Telford, Erin Foster, João Paulo Bonatelli, Julia Jimenez, McCloud!, Joschka Schaffner, Jolene Schleicher, Florian Schupp, David Krouse, Holly Brown BSc Hons, SKDouglass, Alvin Vincent Leung, Shaunda L …
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I’m very excited to be hosting a Blog Hop to celebrate Chinese New Year! Please be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop listed at the bottom of this post. There are many things to love about Chinese New Year, the red lanterns, the happy wishes, the Guangdong flower markets, the temple fairs. But what do I love most of all? The dumplings! Did you know it is tradition to eat dumplings on Chinese New Year? There are two reasons why Chinese people eat dumplings, jiaozi, for the New Year. Some people believe that dumplings were invented by …
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When I read this, I thought it must have been an Onion article, but apparently not. Bill Gates recently sold the rights to countless images, including dozens of images from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and massacre to a Chinese company, Visual China Group. “The transaction strengthens our dominant position in China’s image industry, enhances our core competence in the global high-end image market, and marks a significant milestone on our journey of globalization,” said Amy Jun Liang, CEO of Visual China Group. But what does this actually mean for the images and their use? Will the images become harder …
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