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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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#ChinaFacts

Here’s a list of random things I’ve learned about China and Chinese people since moving to Ningbo: 1. Chinese people peel the skin off grapes- not for health reasons, just because they don’t like it. 2. When Chinese children say … Continue reading

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Life’s a Changin’ in China.

There’s been a few articles floating around about China’s recent Summit, in which leaders discussed China’s long-term goals for the future. Most of the attention comes from the discussion of the disbandment of the One Child Policy and forced labor … Continue reading

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Working in a Gaokao Factory

Recently I came across an article, Chinese Cram School From Hell. This article does a great job describing the Chinese high school education system, and the immense pressure  of the gaokao test. Since I work in one of these so-called “gaokao … Continue reading

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