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Questions Surrounding the Coronavirus Outbreak

As each day passes while I’m hiding out in Korea with my family, I compulsively check the news surrounding the coronavirus outbreak in China. We live in China and are unsure when we will be returning. Schools in Kunshan are delayed until February 17th as of today. We’ll stay here at least until then, so… Continue reading Questions Surrounding the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Vacation in Okinawa: Hiding from the Coronavirus Panic

We planned our Chinese New Year break vacation to Okinawa way before we were aware of the whole coronavirus mess going on in Wuhan. We left Shanghai on January 18th and I think I may have had some vague awareness that there was some outbreak going on somewhere else in China. During our week-long stay… Continue reading Vacation in Okinawa: Hiding from the Coronavirus Panic

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Welcome to the World of Unsolicited Advice: Bringing a Baby to China

I knew that we would stand out like sore thumbs in China. The foreigner is always accompanied by stares and pointing and exclamations of “laowai” here. I still wasn’t prepared for what would happen when I brought my tiny, blonde-haired girl here though. I remember people touching my little brother’s blonde hair in the market… Continue reading Welcome to the World of Unsolicited Advice: Bringing a Baby to China

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The Real Deal with Kunshan’s Air Quality

When my husband was offered a job at Kang Chiao International School in Kunshan, China last spring, the first concern we had about moving our family there was the air quality. China is notorious for having horrible air quality, and I had experienced the black, sooty air of Beijing firsthand on trip there a few… Continue reading The Real Deal with Kunshan’s Air Quality