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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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Baby at The Bund: A Day Trip to Shanghai

A Russian, two Brazilians, a Kazakh, an Indian, and three Americans get on a train. There is no punch line. It’s just how I spent my Saturday. Since arriving in China three weeks ago, life has been a hectic whirlwind. We lived in a hotel for 15 days while trying to find a place to… Continue reading Baby at The Bund: A Day Trip to Shanghai

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Teething, Typhoons, and Ten Thousand Steps: Moving to Kunshan Part 4

We found our wonderful MixTown apartment last week and finally got the keys last Thursday. This exciting event meant that we could stop living in a hotel room. The biggest issue we’ve had with being in a hotel was that our daughter is teething and she whines in her sleep as her huge molars are… Continue reading Teething, Typhoons, and Ten Thousand Steps: Moving to Kunshan Part 4

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Chinese Scientists Can Make Human-Monkey Fetuses But I’m Not Allowed to Use WeChat Wallet: Moving to Kunshan Part 3 (The “Complete” Guide to Chinese Apps)

I saw a headline today about a part-human, part-monkey combo created by scientists in China. Normally, this sort of thing would draw my interest. I’m really curious about the future of genetic engineering. But, I just got mad because I spent hours trying to set up my stupid WeChat app so I can pay for… Continue reading Chinese Scientists Can Make Human-Monkey Fetuses But I’m Not Allowed to Use WeChat Wallet: Moving to Kunshan Part 3 (The “Complete” Guide to Chinese Apps)