The Chinese ARE very superstitious: today I was coached by students to clean my house.
The anticipation of our trip home is palpable. Right now few people are on campus and I haven’t got much to do work-wise with so many people already gone for Chinese New Year. The whole situation has me wishing we could’ve come home earlier or stayed longer. Honestly, I’ve felt homesick only in the past few days, and it’s probably because… Continue reading Anticipating home
Apparently I almost made the New York Times today… I didn’t, and I wouldn’t have by name in any case, but a few weeks ago I chatted online with a friend of a friend who, turns out, is a regular at the Times. When we talked, he was in Beijing. We talked about air pollution, good… Continue reading “A Breath of Foul Air”
In China, if you get the feeling that you’re being watched, you probably are.
At this point I would like to point out that it doesn’t matter if you believe in climate change or not: air pollution is real, PM 2.5 is real, and its effects are real.
It’s after 9 on a Friday night and I just got back from tutoring. Yes, really. I love teaching–all of it, really, and I’m living here for my job at the university–but tutoring takes me back to the one-on-one, which is where I fell in love with teaching ESL, and with completely different types of students.… Continue reading My three tutees
Then I froze. I realized what was going on: he had decided to flirt with me in Chinese.