Tag Archives: longhua

Ode to my Tevas

I found you on clearance at a shopping mall. A shopping mall whose glory rose in 1997 and blew tumbleweeds by 2006. 2006 when I found my dear sweet Tevas on clearance for $29.99. I bought you in May of … Continue reading

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Two Years Gone — Memory

Exhaustion has taken hold. I barely have enough time for myself anymore, much less a social life. I teach seven more classes this year than I did last year, which is a lot. It still amounts to 15 hours a … 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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‘It’s too late, Baby’

4.5 weeks away to leaving all this behind. I am ready…at the same time I feel bittersweet symphonies. I decided to walk to school today and walk home. Something I have not done in a while. Yesterday when I entered … Continue reading

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Women’s Day Out

Last week a teacher said they are having a women’s day celebration. I later spoke with my friend Danielle and she confirmed that I would need my passport and bathing suit. She also said we would be spending the night. … Continue reading

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I am worried I will experience PTSD when I arrive back in the states. The Honking. For whatever reason people who drive love to honk. They honk when they are impatient, they honk when they want you to look at … Continue reading

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Foreign Teacher

You can tell China is a about 95% homogeneous society just by some of the vocabulary. When people see you sometimes children will shout, ‘waiguoren/meiguoren’ meaning Foreigner or American. I like to shout back ‘zhongguoren,’ meaning Chinese. In the US … Continue reading

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Slum Village

BEHOLD::: I am not sure my parents are ready to endure Long Hua–nine days until they come-. Time will proclaim itself when they arrive. Some things about my town. It is Construction Party Pad. There is a KTV [karaoke chain … Continue reading

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Nocturnal Bay

I miss the cold weathered bay. Sun glade and fish school. Orange, purple, red, yellow, trees Brightly casting their glow. I miss the Chesapeake for once. But I still do love China. Key points as to why. Real Chinese friends … Continue reading

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