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From Beijing to Brisbane

March 23, 2012


I am still alive, and I’m in Brisbane, Australia! The world feels very un-Chinese. On my first night I went to a Vietnamese restaurant so I could practice a little Chinese with the restaurant staff, but they did not have the Beijing accent. The Beijing accent is very distinctive. I love speaking with my neighbour […]

The Ancient Tea-Horse Trail

March 2, 2012


The seasons here swing like a slow pendulum from one extreme to another, pausing at the ends while they change direction. The passage of time is marked by the change from freezing to boiling and back again over a year. Each time it feels impossible to remember the other state of being. Time is also […]

Fairy Fox

February 27, 2012


 It’s been two weeks of really bad air now – sore nose, sore throat. Hoping nothing lasts forever. Until the wind changes, trying not to go outside too much. I wish some factories would close down. I can deal with the car pollution but not these smoggy toxic clouds aswell. Be like Australians! Buy local. […]

Cultural Learnings from Fashion

February 20, 2012


Yesterday I went to a talk by a visiting Norwegian anthropologist held at an LGBT centre in Beijing. It was translated into Chinese which gave me time to gaze around the room during translations. The room was hot and crowded. There were more check shirts and cardigans I’ve seen in one place since visiting Taiwan. […]

Rubbish and the Poor

February 19, 2012


I’ve not been feeling very well this week. I had to go home Friday morning and take the day off sick. I’ve spent most of Friday and Saturday lying on the sofa. I went outside yesterday evening, but still the air smells bad and has a choking quality. I don’t want to go outside. The […]

Backwards and Forwards

February 8, 2012


It’s a full moon tonight. I had a work dinner so got home late. I felt like stretching my legs. The temperature is quite a few degrees below zero and it is a little windy. I walked down my hutong, past the long-emptied temple, out onto the main road and then I turned off to […]

Men and Women in Beijing

February 6, 2012


When I first moved to Beijing I tried to get out a lot and see the city. Sometimes I went on hiking tours to the Great Wall, or networking events and met other foreigners there. The one consistant message I got from foreign women is that they both love and hate living here. They can […]