Monthly Archives: February 2014

Adventure Awaits

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 … Continue reading

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This is Home: A Photo Essay of My Ningbo Experience

I thought I was immune to culture shock. I studied abroad in China for seven months and I speak Chinese almost fluently. I’ve been jostled in China’s largest cities, and stranded in some of China’s smallest towns. I’ve traveled to … Continue reading

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The 14% Student: Why Guanxi Kills My Soul

In my last post I talked about my experience giving final exams and grades to almost 1,000 students. I also mentioned that I had to fail 2/900 of my students. This is the story of the student who earned a 14%. … Continue reading

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I Think I Need A Teaching Assistant

At the end of November I was informed that I would have to give all nine hundred of my students final grades. My immediate thought was: “How the heck am I going to do that?!! I only teach each class … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to live in a Tier 2 or 3 City in China

Below is a guest post written by Brandon King: Brandon runs SmartIntern China Internships (website link), a company which pairs students and recent graduates with jobs and entry-level positions in Shanghai, China. For me, the decision on which city in … Continue reading

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