You know you’ve been in China too long when…

– You know you have been in China too long when:
You start shaving your eyebrows and stop shaving everywhere else;
You don’t know the conversion between CNY and USD;
You send back ice water for hot water;
You have a stock pile of deodorant; Read More »

Laowai Girls like Asian Boys

– When people think of “Rice Chasers” the common thought is of non-Asian men chasing Asian women. In fact, it’s often believed that Asian men are the most discriminated against by white women (dating wise). No one ever really thinks about crazed non-asian girls chasing after Asian men. I guess those people have never been to an … Read More »

The Urban Legends among Foreign Students

– I’m sure everyone has heard the story of the friend of a friend from X country at X university in China, and the story is so remarkable you almost don’t believe it.  Here are a couple I’ve picked up from different people, I don’t know if they are true or not. They are both very … Read More »

Flash Dancing

– It’s fairly common knowledge that Chinese people like to perform.  If you ever go to a school “dance” in China, you will sit in the audience and watch people perform on stage.  The other day I was walking on the busiest shopping street in Qingdao, when I witnessed another kind of performance, Chinese “flash” 快闪 dancing.  Apparently … Read More »

VERY Literal Chinese – and my gummy worms

– I absolutely love the simplicity and practicality of the Chinese language. This means that I can read medical journals in Chinese that I can’t even understand in English. Chinese pretty much puts complicated vocabulary into layman’s terms. For example the Coccyx is the 尾臀骨 [wěi tún gǔ] or the “tail butt bone,” and Hepatopathy is … Read More »

Confessions of a Chinese Language Student

– Chinese is a really difficult and frustrating language to learn, but it always helps to laugh at yourself to get you through the process. My confessions 我的自白: Injuries I have, in frustration, banged my head against my Chinese textbooks. I’m pretty sure I’ve ruined my eyesight by staring at Chinese characters for too long. I … Read More »

An introduction to Jade – Feicui

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Everywhere in China you can find Jade. They sell it in street corners, in subway stations, in supermarkets, and in jewelry stores. Some Jade costs as little as 1 yuan and some as much as 100k+ yuan. Whether it’s black, blue, green, yellow or white, Jade is very shiny and alluring, though it’s often a mystery to foreigners and Chinese people alike. So how do you buy Jade without being cheated? I know it can be confusing so here is a brief introduction to “the king of Jade” that is Fěicuì. Read More »

Hungry in China

– People always worry able how they’ll be able to survive in China without being able to speak the language. Simple tasks like ordering food can be a challenge, especially in areas with few foreigners. This shouldn’t be discouraging though. You may get a little hungry, you may order some unexpected things, but you will survive … Read More »

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