• Chinese phrase of the day

    by  • November 29, 2011 • 0 Comments

    “Pregnancy-oriented Economy”, new market conditions brought about by a predicted baby boom in China 大肚子经济 dà dù zi jīng jì Literally, “big belly economy”

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    Shanghai and Yichang

    by  • November 27, 2011 • 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 • 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 • 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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    Reunion tour has begun!

    by  • November 19, 2011 • 0 Comments

    After a 26 hour journey from Vancouver to Ningbo, Joel and I are finally back together and ready to embark on our tour of China! This week we’ll be revisiting our old haunts where we used to live while I attempt to overcome jet lag quickly. I am particularly looking forward to a tofu dish […]

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    Leaving on a jet plane

    by  • November 18, 2011 • 0 Comments

    I have the somewhat dubious privilege of traveling for almost 24 straight hours to finally see Joel after a prolonged separation of 3 months! Thus begins the first leg of our 6 week journey that will take us around the world in 46 days. Now to try and get a bit of shut-eye before leaving…

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    This is a Test Post by Joel

    by  • November 7, 2011 • 0 Comments

    I went to a friend’s wedding in Changxing this weekend. I’ll post more about it but for now I want to see if this email post to WordPress works! I’ll try to attach a photo, too.

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    Yue Yue and Ting Ting

    by  • October 19, 2011 • 0 Comments

    There are two little girls on my mind tonight. Our good friends Andrew and Jess, whom we met in Eureka, and who, incredibly, later moved to my hometown of Spokane, and who, even more incredibly, we were able to meet up with in China in 2008, are about to get on an airplane to China, […]

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    In China!

    by  • September 4, 2011 • 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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    Ways to bond with friends

    by  • September 2, 2011 • 0 Comments


    Since, because of late, I’ve had a lot of time by myself in the apartment, I’ve started a girls’ movie night. Every Wednesday a group of friends comes over to share a meal and watch an episode of Downton Abbey, which is excellent by the way. It’s been fun so far! I also get to […]

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