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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Expats leaving China at twice the number of those arriving

According to a recently released study, expatriates in China are leaving at a rate much higher than they’re being replaced.Read More

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Watch: The Expat Curve, coping with the phases of living abroad

The Expat Curve is a roughly sinusoidal wave that many laowai are sure to find familiar. It illustrates six different phases expatriates go through after moving abroad for work and living.Read More

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Foreigner in Chengdu makes ‘portable’ air purifying machine for daily commute

An Italian expat in Chengdu, identified only as “Mike”, has had all he can take with the city’s air pollution. However, instead of packing up and heading back to Europe, he’s packed up an air purifier and strapped it to his back.Read More

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New US-China policy announced for extended tourist/business visa validity

On November 10, during the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, President Barack Obama announced that the US and China have agreed to a new, reciprocal 10-year visa policy for tourist and business visas.Read More

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Survey Says: China Expats dig cost of living, unpleased with health & education

InterNations.org has recently released the results of their Expat Insider Survey 2014, a polling of nearly 14,000 expats around the globe which aims to “provide a comprehensive picture of life abroad: Focusing on the general quality of life, it identifies the most popular expat destinations. Topics covered include work, family, relationships and romance, leisure, and …Read More

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CCTV asks if ‘expats unqualified for language teaching in China?’

With school starting up again this week, a recent CCTV news report may hint at an increase in crackdowns on illegally employed ESL teachers. In the video, a hidden camera captures a sight that surely many of us have never witnessed — foreign teachers working at a language mill without proper papers. Even the “Expats …Read More

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Australian expat in Dongguan tied up in apartment, robbed

According to a local news report, at 8pm on August 9, a 54-year-old Australian man was robbed at knife point in his Dongguan, Guangzhou, apartment.Read More

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.Read More

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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 …Read More

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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 …Read More

Foreigners remain lukewarm to China’s social security scheme

Two and a half years after China’s Social Insurance Law rolled out, an action that saw the extension of the country’s social security programs to foreigner works, only about 20% of expats working in China had joined. Hu Xiaoyi, vice-minister of human resources and social security, told China Daily that more than 200,000 expats have …Read More

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