Watch: China’s Immigrants

A short documentary that looks at the atypical experiences of foreigners in China, including the excitement of arrival, the challenges of staying here long-term, and finding acceptance or choosing to leave. The film is a masters degree project at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, in Suzhou, and was produced by Krystal Soroka, Bryan Song and Danny Abbasi.Read More

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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

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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

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5 Things to Consider Before Moving to China

China is a unique country with a culture like no other, a deep history, delicious food, and cities that seem to grow more and more every day. Making the decision to move to China is incredibly exciting. However, before arriving in China, there is a lot to think about and plan for. Here are 5 …Read More

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American man fighting for return of his son after wife abducts child to China

Almost a year ago Brian Meid said goodbye to his 4-year-old son, Alex, as the boy accompanied his mother for a 45-day trip to China to visit her family. They have yet to return.Read More

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South American sentenced to 5 years in Shanghai for visa fraud

A South American man, identified by police only as “Godoi”, has been sentenced to five years in prison for providing other foreigners with illegal Chinese visas.Read More

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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

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VICE explores shady side of China’s ESL industry

Edgy investigative journalism mag VICE has published an article delving into the rapidly declining frontier of shady ESL gigs. “The Chinese ESL-Industrial Complex: How English Teachers in China Are Lied to and Exploited,” features interviews with a handful of teachers that backup the article’s exposition on bad teaching jobs in China.Read More

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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

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Foreign lung donor saves Wuxi man’s life

The tragic death of a 22-year-old French man during the Spring Festival holiday has brought new hope to several terminal patients through his organ donations.Read More

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US Embassy warns of possible terrorist attack in Kunming over Spring Festival

The US Department of State today sent out an e-mail warning US citizens of the alleged planning of a possible terrorist attack in Kunming, Yunnan. While the message made clear that the US Embassy in China was not able to verify the accuracy of the report, it obviously felt it important/reliable enough to send out. The …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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