A while back I posted my academic research Capstone Project called Bai Fu Mei: An In Depth Look at the Chinese Quest for Lighter, Brighter and Whiter Skin. In my paper I discussed the difference between skin whitening and skin bleaching creams, how they actually whiten skin, why many Chinese women feel the need to […]
Category Archives: Chinese Culture
Baby Pressure in China
Young Chinese women are under immense pressure to have a baby the moment they get married. For many, the pressure comes from the grandparents who are only allowed one grandchild under the One Child Policy. Society also plays a role with constant questions and comparisons. I joke that a few of the English teachers at my […]
Classroom Culture Shock: So I’m Fat AND Sexy?
Being a minor celebrity in my middle-of-nowhere high school has led to some interesting experiences and classroom culture shock; one of which is the adjectives my students use to describe me. Aside from the typical “HELLO TEACHER!”, “RICHELLE!!”, “AHHH MS. JIANG!”, I also get “SO BEAUTIFUL!!!” multiple times a day, every day. Talk about a […]
Chinese Healthcare: Butt Shots and Intestinal Spasms
While I’ve already started posting about my life here in Beijing, I couldn’t leave out the last month or so, when I traveled to Qinghai, Tibet, Nepal, Hongkong and Guangzhou! The last few weeks in Beijing were a stressful blur. A few days after my incident with the Baijiu, I came down with awful stomach […]
Bai Fu Mei: An In Depth Look at the Chinese Quest for Whiter Skin
The following is an adaptation of an academic essay I wrote while studying abroad in Xi’an, China in the summer of 2012. One of the major academic components when studying with the Alliance is the capstone. This capstone project is an academic research project on an aspect of Chinese culture you find very interesting. For this […]
So Apparently I’m Fat.
With a week left in China, there’s so many loose ends I have to catch up on! -Not including two finals and a giant paper. I decided I’ll publish all of my Xinjiang posts when I actually have time to truly edit my hasty diary-writing from the trip- aka when I go home in FOUR DAYS. […]
Walmart in China
That next day after a long morning of orientation, we learned drumroll please who was in what Chinese class!!! The first class (100) contained the very beginners and those who had studied for a semester or two: Tiffany, Seijen, Katora, Will and Hannah. The next class contained people who had studied for roughly three semesters […]