Due to a crazy weekend with world leaders (#casual) at an international forum, I’m working on catching you guys up soon.
In the meantime, check out this this interview by Ray Hecht—author of the first book I read and reviewed this year—featuring yours truly!
Thanks to Ray for allowing me to address some points that I don’t address on my blog and provide answers to questions that many people probably had about me and my life in China 😛
Here’s one of the Q&A:
What has been the biggest challenge to living abroad?
While my language skills need work, I would say cultural differences are more challenging. Even if you know how to express something in Chinese or even if you’re talking with a local who speaks English fluently, at the end of the day, we have different ways of thinking, perceiving, acting, etc. It can be cool to learn about these often-vastly different points of view, but it can also be frustrating to have to explain why freedom of press, for example, is so very important while stuck in the land of the Great Firewall. Frankly, priorities vary in a country where someone with a monthly income of 10,000 RMB ($1,500 USD) in the 1995 was considered today’s version of millionaire and the poverty line was 173 RMB, compared to around 2,000 now, according to my cousin. It can be hard to keep that in mind when you see kids drop their pants and pee on the streets on your morning walk to work.