“How are things with you and your Shanghai man?” I ask J on the phone as I slurp some coffee and munch on toast.”I hear you have dinner with his family every weekend? Seems like things are getting serious.” “Mary, I’m going to have a breakdown,” J sighs heavily on the phone. “His mom did … Continue reading Dating a Chinese Man (and the unwanted presents that come with it)
Reading this article (in Chinese) brought me back to one of my Chinese lessons at Tsinghua University back in 2010. What Would You Do? “Let’s say you’re walking down the street,” my Chinese teacher begins. “You see a child playing in the street, running around, and he suddenly falls down and hurts himself. You see … Continue reading Helping Those in Need: China Version
Winter has descended on Shanghai. I’m wearing four layers of pajamas, snuggled underneath two sets of comforters, and sipping on a piping hot cup of Jasmine tea. As I burrow myself deeper underneath the covers and try to escape the force that is winter in Shanghai, I browse various articles online.. While reading the Economist … Continue reading Multilinguialism: Just Another Diagnosis for Split Personality Disorder?
Do Asians value sex in the same way that westerners do? For many in the west, bad times in the bedroom can often lead to a crumbling relationship. Many of us in the USA (and probably more so in Europe) measure the overall health of a relationship by the number of times, well, we get … Continue reading Chinese Women Say No to Sex
I woke up and it punched me hard in the gut: stomach pain. I curled into the fetal position from the pain, but I knew that the show must go on. I got out of bed, showered, clothed myself and hobbled back to bed where I cradled myself and my sore intestines. Fifteen minutes … Continue reading Chinese Hospitals: The Worst Experience of Your Life
So I found this list on my newsfeed about the ‘habits’ that foreigners pick up when they come to China. I was pretty disappointed in this list. I mean, look at #1 on the list: say bye bye? I don’t think that’s some major aspect of Chinese culture that I’ll bring back to America and … Continue reading I think we’re turning Chinese
J: “I’m never dating a banker.” Me: “I mean, they seem like scumbags but I’m sure there are some perks to dating them.” J: “They’re gross. They have massive orgies.” Me: (pause to process aforementioned sentence) “What? They have orgies? Is this a banking thing I’m oblivious to?” J: “Remember that Chinese douche, Bill, I … Continue reading It’s true–women like a-holes