From the Archives: Loving Smiles and Surprises from China’s Countryside


Today, I’m heading off to the family home in the countryside for a little break from the hustle and bustle of city life, not to mention the work that has kept me incredibly busy for the past few weeks. And just recently, a close friend who reads the blog told me that one of his favorite posts was The power of a smile in China’s countryside. So I thought, this might be a good time to bring it out of the archives, along with another one of my personal favorite posts about countryside life.

I’ll be back next Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the following:

The power of a smile in China’s countryside. My husband reminds me that, no matter what difficulties you’ve encountered in life, there’s still room for a smile, a nod and a little small talk. Sometimes, it’s also the best remedy for those sad and lonely days I experience here in China, where the world seems crazy and unfair and impossible.

8 Surprising Things I’ve Learned from Living in China’s Countryside. It’s amazing how you can adapt and learn in a new environment. Over time, I’ve found myself feeling extremely at home in this home and this village. And in the process, I’ve experienced and learned things that, when I think about the woman I once was back in the US, really surprise me at times.

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