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
“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 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