Chapter 31: An Unintended Splash at the Hangzhou Pool

As a foreigner in China, sometimes you touch people in ways you never realized. Something you say or do in a moment — a small, forgettable thing to you — becomes a lasting impression to someone else.

I never realized that when I spoke Mandarin Chinese at the pool in Hangzhou, I would become a sensation online at Zhejiang University.

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Chapter 30: One Lonely, Post-Thanksgiving Saturday in China

When you live in China, sometimes foreign holidays can be lonely. I discovered a loneliness after Thanksgiving passed me without a celebration or nod from my Chinese coworkers, and without my Chinese boyfriend by my side.

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