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9 Ways China Expats Offend on U.S. Soil

I try to remember how to act American, I really do. But so much of behavior runs on a subconscious autopilot setting, and mine stays set to “China mode” even after landing in the States. Yours, too? It takes a… Continue Reading →

Thriving Abroad: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

I don’t know about you, but it was pretty easy to love China when I first got here. Most of us are very familiar with the honeymoon stage of culture shock, right? Everything is new and exciting and wonderful! Unfortunately,… Continue Reading →

The Night Pizza Made Me Cry

I looked at the lid of the box for a long time, and even took a picture to send to my sister on WhatsApp. She’s an expat, too, so I knew she would understand. What I was holding was a… Continue Reading →

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