Exploring China through the eyes of Bill and Grace!

| July 26th, 2017

At the desk of a reception in a dimly lit Filipino hostel, early September 2016 is where it all began. The scene was less than romantic, looking ‘drop dead gorge’ stepping off of a hellish journey from Manila and Will feeling weary, very hung-over and frosty. Alas, this was our serendipity moment.. ahhhhh I know you’re thinking it’s so cute.. but no, the reality of meeting your loved one in a South East Asian hostel makes the birth of this […]Read more…

Seeing it For Yourself: Pursuing an Educational Experience in China

| August 20th, 2014

When we read about dogs being beaten to death by health officials or women being forced to have abortions in China, how can we put these shocking stories in perspective? The same way we do it when we read about things like protests and politician sex scandals at home: by comparing those news stories to our usually much more mundane personal experiences. Those things make the news because they are unusual. When we read about China from thousands of miles […]Read more…

Foreigners in China: Is there really an expat exodus?

| June 18th, 2014

From SmartIntern:

2013 saw several high profile foreigners exit China, with three of them, Marc Van Der Chijs, Charlie Custer, and Mark Kitto, penning articles explaining “Why I’m leaving China”. These articles, combined with record pollution in Beijing, sparked talk of an Expat Exodus from China. A year and a half later, we at SmartIntern were curious- is there really an Expat Exodus? What follows is our attempt to find out..

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No help when elderly falls down in street of Shanghai, foreign woman curses and cries

| August 10th, 2012

8:00 am this morning at Huaihai Road, Xinhua Road, an old man fell to the ground and his head was covered in blood. Bystanders called 120 but the answer was: “no more ambulance, wait for it.” A foreign woman cursed, “Fuck you Chinese, you should call ambulance!” The first one to help the elderly up was also this foreigner, looking at the blood on the ground crying… Half an hour later, the ambulance finally came

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Three foreigners hired as Chengguan volunteers in Hefei

| July 18th, 2012

From Sina:.

July 14, 2012, at Hefei, Jawad from Afghanistan, Prince from Central Africa and Qinbo from South Africa are patrolling the streets. On the same day, Hefei Xinghua Village street government hired three foreign friends as City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau volunteers. After the simple letter of appointment issue ceremony, the three foreigners changed into Chengguan (City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau) uniform, let by city management staff and started to experience “City Management Law Enforcement” work.

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Who is “laowai”

| March 8th, 2011

From Century Weekly | by 鲍昆

Corner of the kitchen, on the wall, guarded by the God of Wealth

Many friends come back from foreign countries would often talk about their thought-provoking experiences. More often than usual, we would hear our fellow countrymen discuss the passing local citizens as laowai when chatting with them. Any man with a little logic and common sense would feel weird about this kind of saying and would ask the question who on earth laowai is.

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