“The feelings between my wife and I were not so harmonious. So…we officially divorced.” Our friend Huizhong became another “divorce in China” statistic.
Tag Archive 'Hangzhou'
Posted in Articles on Jan 10th, 2011
When I asked my Chinese husband about why he took out a loan to treat me on our first “official date,” the answer — which said a lot about how he viewed love and money — surprised me.
Posted in Articles on Jan 3rd, 2011
Sushi is not Chinese food — and it’s not the only way Americans sometimes misunderstand China.
Posted in Articles on Nov 3rd, 2010
Matador just published my article titled “How I Learned to Read Chinese.”
For those of you dying to know about my path to fluency, this piece tracks how I left illiteracy in Chinese behind.
Happy birthday meant something completely different to John, my Chinese husband. So over time, I discovered a certain China birthday enthusiasm gap.
Posted in Articles on Sep 6th, 2010
I never imagined “harmless” weather could look so horrible — but China’s Yangtze River Delta, where I lived for more than four years, forever changed my perspective on storms, from seemingly severe thunderstorms to typhoons.
One Saturday morning in Spring 2005, about 10 minutes before crawling from bed, I heard it — a screeching sound akin to scratching a blackboard with your fingernails, but magnified more than 100 times over. Yes, just a little good old welding and drilling in the name of redecorating yet another apartment in my neighborhood, [...]
Before I went to China, I never believed in wearing cute pastels. But after living in the Middle Kingdom, adorable outfits slowly creeped into my wardrobe, and changed forever just how I saw clothing.
My Chinese boyfriend John and I went to Su Causeway in Hangzhou not for the view or a walk, but to find the bench where we first kissed, and became a couple.
My friend Chris had completely bought into Amway as a way of life, when he began working as a sales rep for them. But while I bought Amway vitamins, I wasn’t buying his sales pitch.