Visit to a Local Shop

A walk around town to visit some local markets, noting the products they have, and to make a purchase of rice wine. The streets are noisy. Many people recognize me as a Westerner and are eager to say…

A Dream Come True

After being informed by Xiangnan University that I will be teaching Literature to juniors and Drama to seniors, I head off to dinner along noisy streets to ponder the situation…

My First Week in China

Arriving only a week ago in China with my ESL certification, and with only one day before classes begin at Xiangnan University, I was informed I will be teaching Literature to juniors and Drama to seniors!

A Shopper’s Paradise

China has meant so much to my imagination that the reality shocked me.  I still cannot get the images of Shaolin warrior monks out of my mind.  Or workers in Mao suits brandishing Little Red Books.  Or even just old folk practicing tai chi in a public square.  I half expected to find them all(…)

Being a Highly Respectable Foreigner with Chinese Characteristics

You like spicy food?  You know how use chopsticks?  You know Chinese President Hu Jintao? Of course I do.  Chinese people are so easy to impress.  Either their expectations are very low, or I just don’t fit the mold of a stereotypical American. A college mathematics student at a party told me that while hanging(…)