Tag Archives: Chinese culture

House of Steamed Buns & the best Guard Ever

This past January I decided to rent a room with one of my students’ families. I approached an agent, said, ‘I want the cheapest, smallest flat,’ they could offer. We strode through a village, a bridge away from my school. … Continue reading

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Emily Post’s, ‘Etiquette’

Inside a park, not so crowded, David and I had a hike. Considering the amount of people in China, this park was fairly secluded. At different points David and I were lone climbers. We rested at a pagoda, us being … Continue reading

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Twelve Hours on a Farm

We ascended the bus and I was awestruck. Faces stared in bewilderment both ours and theirs/sized each other up/sized each other down. Faces were: leathery weathered wrinkled tanned all smiles twinkling eyes gorgeous teeth bearded At first sitting, a little … Continue reading

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Downhome Dinner: Chinese Family Style

It’s your first dinner at a Chinese family’s home, be prepared for the following: Gift for your host: Bring fruit. Preferably, apples or oranges. 5-12 of them. Never bring four of anything. Chinese associate four with death. It is most … Continue reading

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Chinese Fire Drill

“There will be a fire drill at about 3:30 this afternoon. If you hear the fire alarm, please run to the school football field with students.” –Teacher informing me of the fire drill Ringing in my ears was: ‘Run to … Continue reading

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“They Didn’t Want Me Anymore”

He was sitting under a bridge. Wearing a coat in autumn wind. His disposition was solemnly happy. Our northeastern food was in our doggy bag, ready to give to the first homeless person we encountered. At first glance David thought … Continue reading

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Happy National Day!

National Day is equivalent to our Fourth of July however in China you get 7 days off..and then have to work 7 straight days for having a holiday. David and I woke up at at the dawn’s crack to fangsheng..then … Continue reading

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2nd Grade>Middle School

I teach second grade and the students are the most adorable things I have ever seen. I started teaching about 4 days after my plane landed! Not so easy but very easy because I came to realize all you do … Continue reading

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4 months later…

Last week I flew into Hong Kong. Never take a 16 hour flight/always take a 16 hour flight. Reason: Grueling, positively grueling, even the unlimited Courvoisier I was able to drink for free would not put me to sleep. Even … Continue reading

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the Family who Adopted me.

There I was sitting in my artist’s studio watching my friends get inscriptions with a needle when my phone rang. My landlady was calling. Something about a friend’s daughter who wanted to see my apartment and learn English. I said … Continue reading

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