Jiaozi and Burgers

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Jiaozi and Burgers
An English prof's musings on China with travel pieces and spiritual reflections too
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  • The Beginning of a Lifetime 1 year ago When you marry a woman from Chaoshan, you are expected to do a tea ceremony. It’s a way to show respect to the woman’s parents and signifies the beginning of married life. Oddly enough, neither Bella nor I knew what the ceremony entailed specifically. We knew it would be with her parents in her...
  • Mangshan: a mystical journey - Part 2 1 year ago There are very few days in life for which you wait a lifetime for and for which you wish would last a lifetime. This was one of those days. Today I planned to propose to Bella, the woman I loved. Even though we had been together for less than a year, I knew that she […]
  • New Beginnings - Year of the Ox 1 year ago Tomorrow morning I will be flying back to Qingdao, a week before I start teaching again. But this time is different. I will not be alone. I will be flying back with my wife. During Chinese New Year, a popular phrase people will say to each other is 恭喜你发财。Essentially they are wishing...
  • 2020 - a tumultuous year 1 year ago This has not been a normal year by any means. In fact, the abnormal has become the normal. Masks and lockdowns have become a part of life in many places. Entertainment and recreational venues have been nearly strangled to death, and tens of millions of Americans voted by mail this year. It feels...
  • Mangshan: a mystical journey 1 year ago The bus wound its way along the winding, steep mountain road until we suddenly emerged from the fog into a world of blue skies and piercing sunshine. Beneath us was a sea of clouds that stretched to the horizon in all directions and hid smaller mountains in a white, woolen carpet. Bella and I had...

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04:08 AM April 01, 2015

Hi Paul! I stumbled upon your blog while researching the city of Kunshan. I have just been offered an English teaching position there starting this Fall and am trying to gather relevant information about Shanghai and China. I would love to get your opinion on the city and any additional advice you could offer a first-timer! Thanks :) Karissa

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