Culture Family Stories Language 

“Look Mom! A foreigner!” aka Our BIGGEST Cultural Struggle

I suppose because my husband and I grew up as Americans surrounded by a multitude of cultures and in a sea of political-correctedness, we learned early on how rude and offensive it is to point out that someone might be from another country. Because as soon as you point out that someone might be an immigrant, refugee, or not-from-around-here-out-of-towner, they’ll... Read More
Culture Family Stories Reviews 

Giveaway: Up to 10 FREE Books Perfect for your Teenaged TCK

If you haven’t already heard of the blog Small Town Laowai, you just haven’t done enough research about expat-life in China yet. This blog started by Emily Steele Jackson has been a steady pillar in the expat community for years, navigating through the funny “This is China” situations we all find ourselves facing. I have to admit I was surprised... Read More
Culture Family Stories Travel 

Family Life in Sanya: Sun, Sand, Water Galore!

This new series Life for My Family is going to explore what life is like for different families all over the Mandarin-speaking world, from Beijing to Xining to Singapore to Taipei. It’s meant to give you a taste of the prospective city you’re thinking of relocating to and check if the grass is greener… or rather.. if the jiaozi is... Read More
Reviews 

Embrace Creativity as a Family with KingdomKids Craft Boxes!

“Creativity is intelligence having fun,” said the genius Albert Einstein, and the blank canvases and craft tool sets KingdomKids provides are the perfect companions for our kids to let their creativity give color to dull afternoons. My friend who runs a kindergarten suggested KingdomKids craft boxes. She loves them so much, she buys several boxes at once. This wasn’t the... Read More
Family Stories Travel 

Life for My Family in Shanghai: Meet William

This new series Life for My Family is going to explore what life is like for different families all over the Mandarin-speaking world, from Beijing to Xining to Singapore to Taipei. It’s meant to give you a taste of the prospective city you’re thinking of relocating to and check if the grass is greener… or rather.. if the jiaozi is... Read More
Travel 

The Most Dangerous and Wonderful Playground in China at My Favorite Mall

I have fallen in love with the coolest playground I’ve ever been to in China. I’m really surprised to find a playground with so many potential accident causing areas considering how many helicopter grandparents live in the country. (Just a tip, if you’re here in Beijing for Chinese New Year, this is the best time to check out this mall... Read More