I cannot lie. My favorite part of the day is waking up at 6:00 AM and waiting thirty minutes before getting out of bed and heading over to the cafeteria (ubiquitously referred to as a canteen) for breakfast. The cafeteria is a paradise of buns early in the morning, one that I revel in. The… Continue reading I Like Big Buns in Huadu, Guangzhou
Perhaps this sounds familiar: a man fumbles with an English to Spanish dictionary, struggling to communicate. Shenanigans ensue, and the man calls a local’s mother a dog while trying to ask him where the bathroom is. It is a standard gag in travel-related comedy. Well, you are smart. I am sure you have a vague… Continue reading I Want Dumplings, Not Christians!
When I first arrived at GDCP, my students were understandably anxious around me. I towered over them. There was a brief period where I thought I had been scammed, believing I had been sent to teach at a high school. The fact is, these children (I can think of them as nothing but) are small.… Continue reading Feeling Like a Celebrity in Huadu, Guangzhou
Clad in blue fatigues, they have been a common sight since my arrival at GDCP (Guangdong Communication Polytechnic). Inquires as to who they are (they’re students, but that was not what I was asking) have been met with answers like, “Practicing Pride in Country” to more ominous replies such as, “Good Moral Watchers”. Each morning,… Continue reading Feeling Safe in Guangzhou, China
“I think you are mistaken,” were the very words that came out of my mouth, dripping in condescension and annoyance. ————— I wake every morning at six, but that does not mean I leave the bed. I had been enjoying the cage I slept in (mosquito net) when my phone rang. Odd, considering the hour,… Continue reading Get Up, John!
I have been to the northern tip of China (and the surrounding areas) and Guangzhou. The food I mention may be common throughout China or it may regional. I would not know. Ever since I saw Orion Pies in the supermarket, which my students swore were not cookies, but rather pies, “Can’t you read, Teacher?”,… Continue reading On Guangzhou Sweets #1
I will preface by saying that the day before my flight to Guangzhou, China, I received an email, sparse, from the university informing me, in simpler terms, “You remember how in your contract it says your housing will have a television, a refrigerator, and a functioning air conditioner? Yeaaaaaaaaaah, aboooouuuut that…” I was understandably annoyed.… Continue reading A New Home in Huadu, Guangzhou