The seasons have changed from spring to summer in Suzhou (rather quickly, I might add), and another shift in seasons means another learning curve this new expat and her skin. My first seasonal transition as an expat was from late summer to autumn–in late September–and it was pretty pleasant. The temperature dropped slowly. I enjoyed… Continue reading Victim skin
I was walking across campus and noticed a small dog following two young women ahead of me. They stopped to check their phones, and I approached them. I smiled and said, “your dog is cute.” One of the students replied, “he’s not mine.” Then it hit me: he was no one’s dog. Maybe he was… Continue reading “He’s not mine:” China’s dog problem
This past weekend was the first ever Writing Center Association of China (WCAC) conference, which was held at my university. The conference was relatively small, but it was one of the most encouraging and positive academic experiences of my life. Before I share my thoughts on the conference (and my presentation!), I want to share… Continue reading Girl on fire
I just returned from a long (long) day at the dragon boat races. In late May/early June–the fifth day of the fifth month in the lunar calendar–Chinese all over the world celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. The origin stories for this festival vary, depending on region, but most have to do with concepts and values of… Continue reading Team Rudderless
Then she took my hand.
I was a little startled, but I let her hold my fingers. She talked to me like I could understand her. (I couldn’t.) I understood a few words here and there, but even my best Chinese listening skills haven’t prepared me for village dialects of Mandarin and pronunciation influenced by toothlessness.
Teaching is done. I was never so happy to have a last day of class as I was last Friday. It felt wrong in some strange way, but I know it’s good for me that I can say goodbye to both of my subpar classes from this semester. The semester is nearly over. I administer… Continue reading Hitting “reset”
Do you know the Noodle Man? We do, and we love his noodles as much as we love his effort to communicate with us!