• China

    Babies in Sanmenxia

    by  • December 13, 2011 • China • 1 Comment

    We’ll be sure to get a proper update for our highly enjoyable and fascinating time in Xi’an but right now we’re in Sanmenxia, a small city east of Xi’an which, surprisingly, reminds me of a mid-size city in North America. We’re here to visit International China Concern’s project, a joint project with the provincial government […]

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    Ad of the day

    by  • December 7, 2011 • China • 0 Comments

    toilet ad

    This was taken at the Chengdu airport before we boarded our plane to Xi’an. I don’t really get the appeal here, although I suspect there are two socio-cultural elements at play here: 1. Kids peeing in public is an everyday occurrence, and 2. European luxury is seen as the ultimate status symbol here (I’m guessing […]

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    Shanghai and Yichang

    by  • November 27, 2011 • China • 0 Comments

    NOTE: Our internet connection is too slow to upload pictures at the moment. We’ll catch up soon. Greetings from a giant boat on the Yangtze River! We are currently aboard the “President Prime,” the newest and fanciest cruise ship on the river (it started business in April of this year). This is probably the most […]

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    Return to Shaoxing and Hangzhou

    by  • November 25, 2011 • China • 1 Comment

    At the beginning of this week, Sarah and I returned to the two cities where we lived for each of the two years we lived in China. Shaoxing and Hangzhou. I’ve been to both cities several times since I’ve been here, but for Sarah it was her first time back in 3 years. In Shaoxing, […]

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    Meeting and parting with friends

    by  • November 21, 2011 • China, travel • 0 Comments

    I’ve been here for less than 2 days but, upon stepping off the plane, have felt a curiously shock-free drift back into Chinese life. We’ve been taking it easy so far, just staying on the UNNC campus. Joel’s welcome gift: red roses wrapped extravagantly Chinese style Although my body clock is still adjusting, overall the […]

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    In China!

    by  • September 4, 2011 • China, travel • 0 Comments


    While Sarah is enjoying the domestic comforts of Downton Abbey, I’m in the sweltering heat of Southern China trying to get my dissertation proposal done and get started on my research. Progress is slow, but I think I’ll get there in the end. I arrived in Beijing on August 19 (or was the the 20th?) […]

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