Sinica's Jeremy Goldkorn and Kaiser Kuo in the studio

Things Done Well: Sinica Podcast

The Sinica Podcast just celebrated its 3rd anniversary in April. Can you take us back and explain how it came into being?
Kaiser: It started with a casual conversation between Jeremy and me in the spring of 2010 about how there weren't many good China-related podcasts. I can't find the time to blog regularly, but at the same time, I felt a need to participate in the conversation about China, and a podcast seemed…


Video: Epic Chinese scooter driving fail

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I remember when I first purchased an e-bike 5 years or so ago, it had been a while since I'd been on any sort of bike, let alone a motorized one. There really is a certain amount of trial by fire when buying a bike in China, with most bike shops deep in urban centres; hell, most of China is an urban centre. So I do sympathize with this fellow to an extent ... like…

Documentary: Seeking Asian Female

A look at yellow fever documentary ‘Seeking Asian Female’

I was pretty eager to sit down and watch "Seeking Asian Female", Debbie Lam's new documentary exploring 'Yellow Fever'. I've always been a bit skeptical about the whole Asian fetish thing, and, admittedly, a bit defensive about it -- my wife is Asian and I'm Caucasian.

I suppose the thing that gets my back up is the hinted presumption that all white people with Asian partners are somehow suffering from a fetish. O…

Getting an abortion in China

Expat Advice: Having an abortion in China

I just wanted to share my story in case (like I was) there is another female expat out there looking for information on the experience of having an abortion in China. I was frantically searching the web for information on this when I found out I was pregnant here and found next to nothing, so maybe my story can help someone or put another worried expat at ease.

I found out I was pregnant while on May Day vacation …

Bustling Beijing. Photo by Trey Ratcliff.

Top 10 attractive cities for China expats — 2012 edition

The results of China's annual expat survey, conducted from September to December last year, are in. More than 175,000 expats participated in the survey via both online and offline voting.

The 10 cities were selected based on their performance in terms of policy and administration, as well as working and living environment for foreigners. Criteria required the cities be prefecture-level or above, and excluded Hong …

Kay with Xiao Gou

The Reinvention of an Expat Trailing Spouse

Our first few months in China were spent battling culture shock as I slogged through a haze of expat parties, dinners, and setting up house. I'll admit that I also competed with other wives in the endless search for the best deals on knockoff purses, tailored coats, and elaborate antique furniture. When I'd filled my closet and my house with pointless trinkets, I came to my senses and looked for something real to be …

Chinese ambulance

Do you know what to do when emergencies happen?

Richard Brubaker recently wrote a poignant piece at All Roads Lead to China called "When the Ambulance Doesn't Come", in which he talks about the recent heart-breaking story of a 3-year-old British boy in Shanghai who died from injuries sustained when a partition at a restaurant fell on him.

Though the mother and restaurant owner rushed the boy to the nearest hospital, they were told by a security guard that t…

Chinese students salute during a flag-raising ceremony at a junior high school in Shanghai. Photo from NPR

Chasing the Chinese Dream

Growing up on the east coast of America in a typical Chinese family, I feel that I've come to a general understanding of how two different cultures can clash. Oftentimes I find myself at odds with family members and Chinese family friends alike who regularly voice thoughts and opinions that I just can’t 100% agree with. A big issue, as I’m sure many Western children of Chinese households can attest to, is the importa…

Doing time in China

Potcast: first-hand account on doing time in a Chinese jail

I'm not sure if it's fitting or unseemly that I should be posting this today, April 20th, but here we are. A couple years back I remember reading about a foreigner who spent seven months in a Chinese jail. Other than a passing, "man that sucks," I didn't think much more about it. I certainly didn't think it was anyone I *knew* (however loose I can use that term).

It wasn't until I stumbled across a recent The …

Facepalm by Brandon Grasley

Never Ending Bureaucracy

There's always "one more thing" that wasn't mentioned the first time around.

I'm in the middle of the registration process for a client's company.

Because I know the process, and because the sole reason for hiring my personal assistant Jimmy was to have someone who stands in lines, things are going much much faster for him than when I did the registration on my own -- but things aren't exactly going smoothly.