Interviewed and Featured on ExpatFocus.com

%e5%b1%8f%e5%b9%95%e5%bf%ab%e7%85%a7-2016-11-03-%e4%b8%8b%e5%8d%8810-30-53The website ExpatFocus.com just featured my blog, along with an interview with me posted this week. Here’s an excerpt:

What do you like about life where you are?

It’s so delightful to reside in a city built around a historic lake fringed by some of the most celebrated gardens in China, along with verdant mountains and hidden mountain trails as well as a sizable wetland park. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that one of the most popular cities in China boasts so much green space and so many opportunities for enjoying the outdoors.

What do you dislike about your expat life?

I dislike having to contend with secondhand smoke in restaurants and public places, even though there’s a smoking ban; my coping strategy has been to be selective about where I dine out and only patronize restaurants that offer a smoke-free and clean environment. Traffic can be stressful here too because you’re contending with a variety of different vehicles (from cars and trucks to motorbikes, bicycles and three-wheeled carts jammed with cargo) and a driving style that tends to be more aggressive.

What is the biggest cultural difference you have experienced between your new country and life back home?

One of the biggest cultural differences I’ve noticed is how families and friends seem to be much more close-knit here in China, compared to what I was used to growing up in a white family in Ohio. I’ve witnessed how friends and family will go out of their way to help and support their loved ones, whether that’s lending you money for hospital bills, giving you a place to stay in town any time you need it (no questions asked), or finding you a tailor when you have a dress emergency and need it done in 24 hours (true story!). While it does mean more responsibility for everyone, including yourself, it’s also a great relief knowing that the people you care about really are there for you.

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4 thoughts on “Interviewed and Featured on ExpatFocus.com

  • November 4, 2016 at 9:19 am
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    I’m so happy to hear that you are a part of a close-knit community in China! I agree with you about the second-hand smoke, I also wouldn’t like it.

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  • November 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm
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    Gorgeous photo of you two in this article! Such a lovely couple 🙂 🙂 Second-hand smoke is horrible – our next door neighbour even smokes in the lift. Ugh!

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    • November 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm
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      Thanks Miriam! Ugh, I hate it when people smoke in the elevators/lifts here in China. We have people who do it in our building on an almost daily basis — yuck!

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