Monthly Archives: December 2009

Making Headlines

Ok.  So maybe I’m not making headlines yet, but recently I was interviewed for an article in the Beijing Review, the only magazine published nationally in China in English.  The article is entitled “Land of Expat Opportunity,” and as you might expect, it is all about expats living in China.  When the reporter called me, […]

Zěn Me Shuō “Ho Ho Ho”?

In my last post, I mentioned how China imports a lot of American culture especially around Christmas.  One of the most surprising transplanted Christmas traditions I have encountered while here is the work place “favorite” Secret Santa game.  It turns out that the entire Chinese staff in my program goes gaga for 秘密圣诞老人 (mi mi […]

Do You See What I See?

In the United States we talk a lot about our trade deficit with China.  Without a doubt, China exports many more goods to the US than the US does to China.  But when it comes to trading culture, the situation is reversed.  The Chinese import much more culture from the US than they export.  And […]

Zěn Me Shuō “Sadie Hawkins”

Midwesterners who went to high school in the last century likely know from experience the traditions surrounding the “Sadie Hawkins” dance.  Not only is it the girls’ job to ask the boys to the dance, the couple also may choose to wear matching outfits. Well it appears that the “Sadie Hawkins” costume tradition may have […]

Feasts & Friends

Like everywhere, a lot of socialization in China is done over meals.  Over the past couple of months, we have met up with friends to celebrate different occasions and shared meals together.  Unfortunately, we didn’t remember to take pictures at all of them, but here are a few to give you a taste (pun intended) […]