Travel China with the Yangxifu: Getting Beyond the “Postcard China”

Sometimes the best China travel happens off the tourist circuit. Find the more everyday side of China, and/or Chinese culture, on your trip, with these ideas.

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How I Learned to Read Chinese, Published on Matador

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.

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A Red China State of Mind, in an American Red State

As a foreigner in China, I’d felt “almost famous” hundreds of times. Chinese have surrounded me in curiosity, asked for my photograph, and grilled me with the tenacity of a tabloid news outlet.

Except, this time, I wasn’t the “celebrity” — my husband was, in a Wal-Mart in Eastern Idaho, when a man discovered he was from China.

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