Review: Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside

– Quincy Carroll’s Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside is, on its surface, a tale of two foreigner teachers in China — the idealistic, ‘in search of the real real China’, young Daniel; and the jaded, booze-soaked, cynical old Thomas. For anyone who has lived in China, they are characterizations of personalities we’ve all met, and perhaps been, at some point. Read More »

Interview with Ada Shen: Advice for Americans voting abroad

– With the US elections right around the corner, and it being one of the most pugnacious in modern history, we thought we’d check in with Beijing’s resident electoral pundit, Ada Shen, and see if she had some advice for Americans abroad that would like to cast their vote, but may not know all the details. Read More »

World Baijiu Day is coming, Q&A with founder Jim Boyce

– It’s hard to ignore that there seems to be a budding baijiu buzz forming. Helping with this is a new international event being organized by Beijing’s man-about-town, Jim (Beijing) Boyce. Join me as pick his brain on the spirit of the event and the event for the spirit. Read More »

Brian Foo: Air Play

The Sound of Smog: Beijing air pollution set to Nine Inch Nails

– Hello AQI, my old friend, I’ve come to talk about you again. American musician Brian Foo, the Data Driven DJ, has collected three years worth of Beijing smog data and set it to samples from Nine Inch Nails, and it’s kind of awesome. Talking to Fast Company, Foo explained, “I wanted to create an experience … Read More »

Is being an “expat” an archaic badge of white supremacy?

– An article by Mawuna Remarque Koutonin in the Guardian last Friday has been making the rounds. The piece asks, “why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?” and concludes without much nuance that it’s white racial supremacy at work. I disagree, mostly. Read More »

Ann (left) and Darrah

Ni Keyi — two women challenge themselves to walk across China for charity

– Ann and Darrah are unquestionably very different women. Darrah, from New Mexico in the US, is a certified USPTA tennis instructor who only moved to China last June to teach the sport. Guangdong-native Ann, the wife of a British-Aussie expat whom she met while managing an ESL school, has lived here her entire life. Together they are walking from Zhongshan to Beijing to help raise money and awareness for people with disabilities in China. Read More »

Warning: Have you seen these markings outside your door?

– Recently an officer from our local police station compiled a series of markings thieves use to tag homes. The officer had uncovered the markings during several years of working the robbery division, and circulated them on WeChat with a warning for people to watch out for them outside their doors. Read More »

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