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The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve

The month of October ushered in cooler weather and the start of the new academic year. It also brought a new set of tests on the subject of learning to live and work the Hangzhou way.  Here’s a look at the hi lights of the month. In China, the fall semester usually starts one week before the weeklong National Day and Autumn Festival. This year was no different. I was happy to meet my students before the break—all 54 of…

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Farewell Xuchang, Hello Hangzhou

Farewell Xuchang, Hello Hangzhou

June marks the end of my first year of university teaching. As I reflect on my time in a semi-rural Chinese city, I realize I experienced a lot of firsts: my first months in China, first time working with university students, and my first time taking on Mandarin (Chinese language). Below, I will discuss some of the hi-lights of the past few months with a brief look at my new city, Hangzhou. University teaching comes with its own forms of…

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Snack Street

Snack Street

China has many amazing and delicious foods to try. Similar to the US, each region has a distinct way of cooking and is known for its signature dishes. Many people, however, are not aware of the street food culture. Within any given city one can find food stalls selling all kinds of delicious treats. From spicy, full on dinners to light and airy snacks, there’s something for everyone. Upon moving to Xuchang (my Chinese city), I was curious about Chinese…

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The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

This month marked the end of winter vacation and the long trip back to North Asia. While saying goodbye to family and friends is never easy, I was excited to be heading back for second semester. For this post, I’d like to talk about a very special experience that occurred within my first few hours back in China. Read on to find out about my incredible encounter and how God works in mysterious ways. After arriving in China, I had…

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