China is Zen. The aspect was the most striking when I arrived. Chinese people are calm. They go with theContinue reading
Category: Life in the West
Summer BBQs: How My BF’s Family Warmly Welcomed Me
Before my boyfriend and I got together as a couple, I never knew what it felt like to have familyContinue reading
Do Asian Dramas Accurately Reflect Lives, Values of Asian People?
In recent years, Asian dramas have enjoyed a surge in popularity among people in the West. But do Asian dramasContinue reading
Being Culturally, Not Religiously, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim…
Here in Turkey, where I live, we are currently subject to weeknight curfews and weekend lockdowns. They began at theContinue reading
Wait, Reverse Culture Shock is Real?
I didn’t believe in reverse culture shock until I experienced it for myself. Everyone knows about culture shock — thatContinue reading
Two Months Later: Love, Adjustments, & Missing China
It has been more than two months since I arrived back to the US. Some days it feels like I’veContinue reading
Eating for Two… as Long as it’s Not Cold!
Experiencing Pregnancy in Two Cultures Having your first baby is a paradigm shift for any couple. A mixture of excitementContinue reading
Leaving China Is Hard
Sometimes leaving is harder than arriving. Though often temporary, you build your life in a new city. New apartment, newContinue reading
Embracing Nature on a Daily Basis: A Love for the Outdoors
Nature has never been of an utmost importance in my life. Being outdoors lacks appeal to me; could be dueContinue reading
How Are Age and Chinese New Year Connected?
Years ago, when I went to have my fortune read at the Shihlin Night Market in Taipei, the fortune-teller gaveContinue reading