Author Archives: Richelle

About Richelle

Expat, traveler, and spicy food lover, I currently live in China where I'm studying for my master's degree!

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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Why You Should Date People Who Have Studied or Lived Abroad

I recently came across an article on GoOverseas.com titled Why You Should Date A Girl Who Studied Abroad. While the article is specifically written for men, I think a lot of her points can be used to describe a wide … Continue reading

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Political and Religious Internet Censorship in China and Iran

Last spring I wrote a thesis on political and religious internet censorship in China and Iran to graduate with special honors from the Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU. Since a few people have expressed interest in the research … Continue reading

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My Husband Won’t Let Me Eat Ice Cream

Last Tuesday I acquired a Chinese husband…. just kidding. Last Tuesday morning I received a text from Lora, “All the English teachers will have buffet this evening. Would you wait at the school gate at 4:30pm?” Okay? Thanks for the … Continue reading

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Celebrating the New Year in Beijing

My first full day in Beijing, I woke up, dragged myself to Miller and Valya’s hostel and drank their tea while I waited for them to finish getting ready. We grabbed an early lunch at a small restaurant near the … Continue reading

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20 Things That Change After Living in China

This post is from a blog Wander Onwards by a girl about my age living in China named Vanessa. Her blog became wildly popular after she wrote a controversial post titled 23 Things to do Instead of Getting Engaged at … Continue reading

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My Spontaneous New Years Trip

This year, the Chinese government gave everyone Wednesday January 1st off for the Western New Year. Since I work at a boarding school, the administration wanted to give the students Thursday and Friday off as well, so that they could … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

After my bout of Christmas food poisoning, I started to feel a little better on Monday, so I taught my afternoon classes. While my voice was still pretty much gone, I was at least able to show the first third … Continue reading

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