No Pets or Foreigners

No Pets or Foreigners attempts to capture laowai experience in new sitcom

In an interview with Timeout Beijing, South Africa-born show creator and star Murray Clive Walker explained the show's humour is "mostly about taking the piss out of two foreigners. I’m aware of the whole mianzi thing with the Chinese so I won’t be making any digs at them and their culture. There’s a lot of toilet humour as well because I think that’s something we all wrestle with here what with the squat toilets…


Review: How Does One Dress To Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories Of Expat Women In Asia

This new collection from Signal 8 Press brings together 26 stories from the lives of expat women living in Asia. Being an expat woman living in Asia myself, I jumped at the chance to read and review it.

Sometimes, after getting a book review assignment, I dread writing the review (and attempt to pass it off to another reviewer) because I find it very difficult to come out in public and say I hated a book. I'm very…

Stuart Foster spent more than seven months inside a Chinese jail, assembling Christmas lights for export to the US

American teacher spends 7 months in Chinese jail enduring forced labour

Foster, who had been teaching at a Guangzhou university, was arrested and taken to the White Cloud District Detention Center last April, after confessing to taking a large sum of money from his American colleague. For the next 280 days he shared a cell about the "size of a racquetball court" with around 30 other men. Days were spent assembling thousands of Christmas lights, where productivity was maintained by fe…

One-Eyed Jack

Beijing expat’s dog beaten to death in front of him

Stories of roving bands of stick-wielding chengguan beating pets and strays have been hitting the media for a number of years now, but this is the first we've heard of it entering the China expat community. These stories are senseless brutal tragedies regardless where the pet's owner hails from, but I think there's always been a certain feeling of exemption or impunity towards this issue in foreigner circles. As …


Review: You Don’t Know China

The book is divided into 22 chapters, each one tackling a specific topic -- from Feng Shui to Richard Nixon, Tiananmen to TCM. Here are a few quick excerpts:

On the value and validity of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
It would be nice if Chinese herbal medicine really were the outcome of some proto-scientific process of trial and error over thousands of years, the ineffective cures weeded out, and only the tim…


Long-term Canadian expatriates regain voting rights

Approximately 1.4 million Canadians living abroad have been denied the constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote since a 2007 law made residency a requirement.

That law was recently overturned, and long-term Canadians expats, regardless of where they reside, will once again be able to vote in federal elections.

The rule disenfranchising Canadians abroad for more than five years was enacted in 1993 amid debate a…

Chris and Kathleen Matthews in Hangzhou, China

US news anchor gets shaken by China, nothing falls out

American Chris Matthews, star of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, recently visited China -- and it "shook" him. In a piece for his show's blog entitled, "The 10 Days in China that Shook Me", Matthews redefines parachute journalism and brings new depth to negative stereotypes surrounding Americans travelling abroad.

I try not to be "that" China expat. The guy that sits around picking apart the minutia of t…

春节快乐 - Year of the Horse

Happy Chinese New Year — Let’s Horse Around

No CNY is complete without a few plates of jiǎozi, particularly if you're in the North. And while you can certainly just hop down to the supermarket and pick up a package of frozen dumplings, making your own is a whole lot more rewarding.

If you're not fortunate enough to have Chinese in-laws to lend a hand, constructing the suckers can be a bit of a challenge. Jen at Tiny Urban Kitchen has a great step-…


Guy dances across China in 100 days, goes viral

I danced and filmed all over, including: Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'An, Lhasa (Tibet), Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai, Feng Huang, and Hong Kong. In some locations I had 100+ people gathered around my camera taking pictures and videos on their phones.

The video is somewhat reminiscent of Matt Harding, who pretty much remains the be-all/end-all dance-around-the-world guy. That said, in just a week and a half since G…

Convicted child rapist Neil Robinson. Source TBJ

Former Beijing school teacher convicted of raping a minor

Ex-China expat Neil Robinson, who made headlines last spring, has been convicted to twelve years in a UK prison for sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13, making an indecent video of a child, and possessing child pornography.

The 47-year-old Briton turned himself in to UK consular officials in Beijing last April after his appearance on BBC's "Crimewatch" drew attention to the former international scho…