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
At the end of June, Andy and I decided we were sick of Chinese food. Even though we have found a few lovely little Chinese restaurants nearby, the same old, same old was dull. We missed food from home… so we started asking ourselves where we could get some real American food—not Chinesified American food… Continue reading Independence Day in Shanghai
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.
Do you know the Noodle Man? We do, and we love his noodles as much as we love his effort to communicate with us!