I’m not really looking to fit in, but I am looking to feel at home. And so begin our lives as transplants.
The idea of home is rather foreign when most of your belongings are packed up in one state two time zones away…
Goodbye Suzhou, Jiangsu, And Jinji and Dushu Lakes. Adios to every single one of my Chinese language mistakes. Goodbye to using tissues as napkins; Goodbye to no napkins at all. Goodbye to taking my own toilet paper to the bathroom stall. Goodbye, freezing at my desk; Good riddance, short-people sinks. Goodbye insufficient heating and tap… Continue reading A Farewell to Fapiaos
Silent night–I roll over and wake up. It’s too quiet in the apartment. The white noise is gone. Something is wrong. Wholly night–there should be a red indicator light on the heater, but it’s off. Too dark. Something is wrong. All is calm–go back to sleep, brain. Everything is fine. All is bright–a ha! That’s… Continue reading Silent night
I often receive questions from current and former students, either by email or through WeChat. Sometimes they’re about something specific at the university, others they’re about a muddy grammatical rule, and still others they’re in pursuit of culturally-specific usages within English. The last kind are my favorite. But regardless of the type of question, I… Continue reading Cultural impediments
When was the last time you dried your hands with toilet paper? I’m sure it wasn’t your first choice for a just-washed-my-hands-after-using-the-toilet situation, but perhaps it was all you could find in a public restroom. But what if it was the norm? What if paper towels weren’t provided, air dryers weren’t provided, and maybe even toilet… Continue reading For when you gotta go
I missed this one last year, in the throes of moving apartments, not getting paid, culture shock, and frankly being too dang busy… but it’s the mid-autumn festival today. So, 中秋节快乐! 🙂 (zhong qiu jie kuai le!) (Literally happy [kuai le / 快乐] mid [zhong／中] autumn [qiu／秋] festival [jie／节].) The mid-autumn festival is a celebration… Continue reading Mooncake mania