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The One Hour China Book

We get asked a lot of questions about China. A lot. China is coming up in the world at a pace unmatched by any culture or economy in history, and it’s got the world’s attention. Naturally, people have a lot… Continue Reading →

Monster Hunt: The Chinese Blockbuster You’ll Have to Wait to See

I really enjoyed this movie. Apparently, so did all of China. Monster Hunt became the biggest-grossing Chinese movie of all time during its first month in theaters, making $170 million in its first eight days alone. Our family finally went… Continue Reading →

Why “Inside Out” is the best TCK resource of the year

TCKs (third culture kids) and their parents have a slowly-growing list of resources to use as they navigate their very unique world. This year, an amazing help was added from an unlikely source: a Disney Pixar film. You’ve probably heard… Continue Reading →

Bloomability (Review)

If you’re looking for a great book for a middle-school TCK (third culture kid), you’ve found it. Sharon Creech is already recognized as an outstanding writer and storyteller. She is best known for her award-winning book Walk Two Moons. Bloomability… Continue Reading →

Step inside the most beautiful Starbucks in the world

“My sister travels a lot,” our friend told us not too long ago, “and she says the Starbucks at Minge Hu is the most beautiful Starbucks in the world.” This was not the first time we’d heard the Minge Hu… Continue Reading →

Grandfather’s Journey (Review)

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say This has got to be my all-time favorite book for those of us who call a foreign country home. Although this is a picture book intended for children, it is a treasure for adults, too.

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