A Brief Guide to Heilongjiang, Part 1

If you’re planning a trip to Heilongjiang province, first, why? Next, welcome to Dongbei. Third, good luck finding decent information. This isn’t exactly one of the most sought after destinations in the world,… Continue reading

Daqing: Oil City

“In Industry, learn from Daqing.” Such was Mao Zedong’s proclamation in the 1960’s as part of his Supreme Directive. With one look around the city, it’s easy to see why this otherwise inconsequential,… Continue reading

A Comprehensive Guide to Chinese Booze

I work about 23 hours during an average week; basically half of what I’d be doing in America. That’s a lot of free time to fill. What to do? Obviously, explore the cultural… Continue reading

Crawling Out of a Productivity Slump

I rest my hands on the keyboard. I take them away again. I type a sentence. I delete it. I change what I’m listening to on Spotify. I browse reddit for ten minutes.… Continue reading

He’s Got Mad Guanxi

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Heard that before? This little proverb of networking has been thrown at me several times throughout my life, but never have I thought about… Continue reading


I’m almost exactly halfway through a 2-hour class on a beautiful albeit chilly Saturday morning. The kids have been doing well so far, having loads of fun and I’m feeling perfectly caffeinated. Seems… Continue reading

Strange Buildings of Daqing

Let your mind wander on the topic of interesting architecture. A slew of countries jump to the forefront almost immediately, usually a mixture of historic, picturesque European towns and the vertigo-inducing skyscrapers of… Continue reading

Notes on Drinking Tea in China

“Ok. Fine. Yes. See you at 1:30.” I restrain a sigh of annoyed exasperation, the standard reaction to most things my school asks of me these days. Today, it’s something of a marketing… Continue reading

Deconstructing the Expat Bar

“Like the legend of the phoenix…” Oh god. Great song, but seriously. For the second time, multiple interjections of “Wooo!” emit from the bar as maybe ten or so hit the small dance… Continue reading