China Culture Shock #4: We Don’t Hire Boys

China Culture Shock #4: We Don’t Hire Boys

Welcome to my latest series: China Culture Shock! Part of the reason I was interested in moving to China in the first place was to explore a culture completely different from my own. I wanted to experience “culture shock” and challenge myself. I’ve been living in China for almost two years now, and I’m still constantly experiencing things that […]

Breaking Up to Travel the World

Breaking Up to Travel the World

I’ve been wanting to write this post for months. But to be honest, I’ve been afraid to get this personal. Sure I’ve talked about my struggles and loneliness living in China, my embarrassment when a student called me fat, and how I sometimes judge people for not being as “adventurous” as me. I even went […]

China Culture Shock #1: Eye Exercises

China Culture Shock #1: Eye Exercises

Welcome to my latest series: China Culture Shock! Part of the reason I was interested in moving to China in the first place was to experience a culture completely different from my own. I wanted to experience “culture shock” and challenge myself. I’ve been living in China for almost two years now, and I’m still constantly experiencing things that […]

The End of My Year Teaching in China

The End of My Year Teaching in China

I never thought it would come: my Ameson Year in China has come to an end. Today I packed all my things and shipped out to Shanghai, where I will embark on a trip to the Zhangjiajie “Avatar Mountains” with a friend, and then I’ll spend two weeks solo-traveling through Taiwan. It’s hard to explain […]

“Please Vote for Me”: Democracy in China

“Please Vote for Me”: Democracy in China

Curious about whether or not democracy would work in China? Why not test it out on Chinese children?! In the documentary “Please Vote for Me”, a real election in staged with third graders at a Chinese primary school. I originally watched “Please Vote for Me” in my undergraduate Chinese Culture through Film class. The whole […]

Women’s Day: A Cultural Conflict

Women’s Day: A Cultural Conflict

Last Thursday I received a text from Lynn: “(101) 7:55-8:35, (109) 9:40-10:20, (103) 10:30-11:10. The time for class has been changed tomorrow because of the celebrating activity.” “Celebrating activity?” I replied. “Will you meet us at the front gate of the school after class about 11:15 so that we can go to the buffet together.” […]

Adventure Awaits Travel Video

Adventure Awaits Travel Video

AYC is having its first annual photo essay and video competitions. Naturally, I entered both, because let’s face it, what else am I going to do with my time? My last post, This is Home, was my photo essay contribution, and the video below is my submission for the video contest. The prizes are a trip […]