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014 Do You Want Congee With That?

When one lives overseas, one expects problems, especially with the big things like visas, banking, taxes, insurance. You know, the Big, Important Shit that makes life annoying even when one isn’t overseas. And they are. The horror stories about opening bank accounts in China are endless. However, because problems are expected, nobody’s particularly surprised when informed about… Continue reading 014 Do You Want Congee With That?

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012 It’s Only US$4.50, Please Just Take My Money

Everything in China is complicated. Even simple things. For instance, for the entire first half of March, internet access was… variable. You see, China’s two big important political bodies, the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, both had their Big Meetings earlier this month. This meant that VPNs around China went… Continue reading 012 It’s Only US$4.50, Please Just Take My Money

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010 Why Moving During Chinese New Year is a Bad Idea

Apologies for the long hiatus, but you see, I made a terrible mistake: I moved to China exactly one week before Chinese New Year. The Logistics of Chinese New Year in Shenzhen Chinese New Year is like Christmas on crack. In most Western countries the last two weeks of the year are basically a wash.… Continue reading 010 Why Moving During Chinese New Year is a Bad Idea