In October I was approached by ExpatFinder.com to answer a few questions about my experience coming to and living in China. The interview just went live!
To read the questions and answers, please click here.
Interview highlights include: how China chose me, coping with homesickness, and a typo which says I’m from the state of Minneapolis.
(Note: I wasn’t compensated for the interview. I don’t endorse the professional immigration services linked to in the interview.)
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Cease radio silence and commence spilling the beans! Continue reading
Here are four simple Mandarin phrases and an extra tip that have helped me immensely since I landed in China in 2012. Continue reading
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Take a look at how a Chinese primary and middle school celebrate Christmas with these pictures from their annual holiday party. Continue reading
The first five minutes of every class are devoted to questions. The following are 14 questions I receive on a regular basis from my students. Continue reading
An open letter to the year that took me around China, through Hong Kong, and across the USA with the love of my life. Continue reading
On July 1st I boarded a plane in Beijing, flew 6,806 miles, and hopped into a car with a woman named Katie… Then over the course of 30 days we traveled through eleven states, over 8,000 miles, and added countless memories to “whateverthisis.” Here’s some of the magic we saw on the open road… Continue reading
During a class discussion on appearance Katie and I asked our seventh and eighth grade students what words describe a “good” man or woman. Boys and girls in five classes shared their ideas about what qualities “good” women and men possess. Here are the reoccurring qualities for each of the … Continue reading
Last week Thanksgiving came and went in a blur! Here are some of the standout moments… IS IT WARM IN HERE OR IT JUST THIS HOT OVEN? To prepare for Thanksgiving Katie and I purchased an oven. It may not sound like a big deal, but apartments in China don’t … Continue reading
Though the other teachers worried I was working too hard without much rest or an increase in compensation. What I had to continually explain to my Chinese friends was… Continue reading
The harder I’d try, the more he’d resist. The more I’d engage, the more he’d shut me out… How one boy taught a school about failure without even knowing it. Continue reading
Lesson plans go out the window when a special needs student is tripped and breaks his leg. Continue reading
On February 15th, two weeks before payday, I left Beijing with all the money I had in the world: $11 or ¥75. That breaks down to roughly ¥5 or 78¢ a day. Continue reading