Chinese Culture

Chinese Spring Festival Unboxing – Celebrate the Year of the Dog

The Chinese Spring Festival is here again, and it’s time to celebrate. Watch this unboxing video to better understand the important symbols of the Chinese New Year and how you can use them in your own home!


Follow My China Journey on Instagram

I’ve recently opened an account on Instagram, and will be using it to share photos of my life and work in China, as well as past photos from my travels in China. Feel free to check out my account to learn more about myself and the real China.

Don’t Let Assumptions Define Your China Experience!

In this short article, I share a common experience of foreigners learning the Chinese language: sometimes no one can understand our Chinese. It is in interesting phenomenon that speaks to the assumptions we all make in our daily lives. Basically, our assumptions may blind us to the world, and make us deaf to the words others are speaking.


5 Tips for Fun and Flexibility in China

Adapting to life in China can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With an open mind and a basic understanding and acceptance of Chinese culture, many problems can become much less difficult. In this article, I share five useful tips for enjoying life more in China, based on my own experiences.


Book Review: Notes from a Beijing Coffeeshop

Do you want to learn about the Chinese people? Well, then pick up Notes from A Beijing Coffeeshop by Jonathan Geldart. The book offers up 23 unique Chinese stories in bite-sized pieces, that help the non-Chinese reader to quickly and easily start learning about who the Chinese people truly are. A must read for those planning on moving to or traveling in China!


Will We Meet Again: A Sacrifice of Working Overseas

This Tang Poem does a pretty good job describing the sorrow and longing that one experiences after parting with a close friend. This seems very applicable to those of us that work and live abroad, as we often must leave our families and friends behind. Enjoy!


“Little Sisters” and “Older Brothers” in China

Do you know about “Little Sisters” and “Older Brothers” in China? These two terms are a common part of everyday life and are often used by China’s younger generation to communicate and build relationships. Take a look at the following article t begin building relationships the Chinese way today!


Share Your China Story with the World!

Have you lived or worked in China for a length of time? Do you want to help other Westerners learn about China, its culture, and its people? Contact the China Culture Corner today to share you story with the world, and remove the veil of mystery from China!


Happy Chinese New Year – 2015 is the Year of the Goat!

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers and fellow China enthusiasts a Happy Chinese New Year and a fortuitous 2015! Thank you for reading and your continued support! The Chinese New Year is a very important… Read More ›


12 Important Symbols of the Chinese Spring Festival

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important time of year in China. In this article, I review some of the most prevalent symbols and themes found in this festival and explain their meaning for Western audiences.