Annie K. Wong is the author of fantasy adventure Children of Lightning! The Chinese-Canadian writer agreed to stop by and tell us more about her book. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the page! About Children of Lightning Secrets beget secrets. The curse that befell the Hollows clan has left them incapable of producing male offspring. To extend their bloodline, they have formed a covenant with the serpentine Ophidians, who give them children. In return, the Hollows must keep these monstrous creatures well fed, though the details of the procurement are so abominable that the …
The following was originally published by the Shenzhen Daily.  Two weekends ago, I spent a couple of days helping a friend look for an apartment. She is a young professional whose company relocated from Shanghai to Shenzhen. However, our excitement over her move quickly gave way to despair after looking at over a dozen apartments over two days. Everything less than 7,000 yuan (US$1,097.6) was falling apart and located too far from any metro stations. She finally found a very small, one-bedroom apartment for 6,000 yuan. When I moved to the city two years ago, we had a comfortable two-bedroom …
Starting today, we are going to have a special giveaway every month! You never know what it might be, so be sure to check back and sign up for our mailing list. This month I am giving away a free copy of The Crazy Dumplings Cookbook for Kindle or Kindle app. Dumplings. Wontons. Jiaozi. This remarkably simple food is found throughout Asia and in Chinese restaurants and kitchens around the world, but have you ever filled a dumpling wrapper with chicken? Lobster? North American Plains Bison? Hardly anyone has! The Crazy Dumplings Cookbook features over 100 recipes with some of …
A NYC-based production company is developing a series about millennials, ages 20-29, who want to change their lives, leave the past behind, and set out to accomplish an extreme goal. Do you dream of quitting your 9 to 5 in order to move to the natural wilderness of Alaska? Have you thought about leaving your home country with your bandmates to pursue a music career in America? Do you want to leave city life behind to homestead or live off the grid? Do you have dreams of opening that surf lodge you’ve always thought about, sailing across the globe, or …
Check out my interview with Kay Bratt here. Be sure to read all the way to the end for a chance to win a copy of The Palest Ink.  About The Palest Ink A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family—but Benfu’s best friend all the same. Their futures look different but guaranteed…until they’re faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history. At the announcement of China’s Cultural Revolution, …
Don’t worry, everyone. China still has the most brutal and backward family planning policies in the world. I work at a newspaper, but the biggest news in weeks broke while I was on my way home for the weekend Thursday night. In the 45-minutes it took to get from my office to my home, my Facebook, Twitter, and in-boxes were filled with two things – celebration over the end of China’s decades-old One-Child Policy and questions asking me what is really going on over here. So let me explain what China’s new Two-Child Policy actually means. This is only a …
Today I’m happy to have talked to Kay Bratt, the author of The Palest Ink.  Kay Bratt is a child advocate and author of the series Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters and the acclaimed memoir of the years she spent working in Chinese orphanages, Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage. After living in China for several years, Bratt now resides in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat. Learn more about her memoir and works of fiction at www.kaybratt.com. Be sure to read all the way …
I can’t believe it has been nearly two months since I last posted! Ugh! I can’t believe I let it go this long. I have just been so busy, I kind of had to let a few things go for a while. But I have some great posts planned! Starting today! Happy Halloween from China! The Chinese don’t have an exact equivalent for Halloween, but they do have a strong appreciation for all things creepy. Western Halloween is also growing in popularity, especially among college students. Here are a few of the most popular Chinese ghosts and demons. The Nügui The …
Today’s guest post was submitted by Barbie Jazz.  The future is here! A restaurant in downtown Harbin employs around 20 robots instead of humans to take orders, cook, serve, and entertain guests. The restaurant opened back in June 2012 and remains a popular tourist spot in Heilongjiang. As soon as guests walk in, a front-of-the-house robot warmly greets them with, “Earth person, hello! Welcome to Robot Restaurant!” Then, they are guided to an empty table. After browsing the menu, guests can place their orders through the robots, which are then relayed to robot chefs who are able to consistently cook …
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 about how Liu almost didn’t win thanks to a massive campaign by a group of people known as the Sad Puppies who actively worked inside the World Science Fiction Society to block people of color, women, and LGBT+ people from being nominated or winning the …
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