Why This Blog Exists

This blog chronicles my experiences as a resident, a student and an observer here in China, my Motherland.

When I moved to China nearly two years ago to “get in touch with my roots”, I never expected to stay as long as I have. To keep me here even longer, I started graduate school for international development, thinking it was a wise step towards my future.

Though I suffer from an identity crisis, pollute my lungs with toxins in the air, deal daily with frustration due to crowds and authority figures, and feel farther away from my goals than ever, there is not an ounce of regret in my decision to stay put.

The lessons I learn, the people I meet, and the stories I hear make every day worthwhile. And it is these lessons, people and stories that I want to share with you! So stick around and see if China is anything like you expected. Because my feeling is it’s not.

      (“Roots”)


37 Comments on “Why This Blog Exists”

  1. lucia says:

    i want lots of food stories/pictures. duh!

  2. scottrandall says:

    Great luck with your adventures! I’ll check back to see how its going. China is on our list to do some extensive exploring.

  3. Fergiemoto says:

    That is quite a move – a new country far away and a new culture! A whole new world to explore, capture in photos, and share. How wonderful! I would like to visit China someday, hopefully. Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog. Much appreciated!

    • E. He says:

      It was a move that had to be done, but yes, a new country and culture is quite exciting. You should most definitely visit China; it’s beautiful in so many ways! You’re very welcome that I followed your blog. It’s so unique! and thanks for returning the favor 🙂

  4. Clèr says:

    great great great idea!

  5. Shiv says:

    dude. amazing idea for a blog. and well, a life as well.

  6. I usually don’t do this but I just want to tell you that I am in total awe of your honesty and compassion. You are a gem.

    • Emily He says:

      Eileen, thank you so much! Those words mean a lot to me. I try hard (and spend SO MANY hours) to produce a good post, and I find that the only good ones that ever turn out are the ones on topics I’m really passionate about.

      If you’re ever in China, let me know!! 🙂

  7. I might be visiting Hong Kong next year. 😀

  8. Sounds interesting! I have a thing about quotes. Good quotes give me a lot to think about. I’m in Guangzhou right now teaching English. Maybe we can be blogging buddies! Next time I go to Beijing maybe I’ll treat to a beer or appletini for whatever you’re into. Keep it real!

    • Emily He says:

      Agreed (about good quotes)! I’d love to be blogging buddies! Any buddy is a good buddy (in most cases). As for drinks, I’ll go for a lycheetini. Probably fresher ingredients since the Chinese love lychee. Although…….not necessarily.

      Thanks for reading my blog! Good luck with teaching!!!

  9. Hello Emily. Is it safe to assume that ‘He’ is your surname?

    I am interested in your adventures to find out more about your heritage. These Chinglish phone conversations sound intriguing.

    I live in England but have Scottish grandparents. I have never been anywhere near Scotland. Your efforts are to be applauded.

    • Emily He says:

      You assume correctly! I used to get made fun of for it, but I’m quite proud of my name! I’m the last He in line!!!

      I’m a big fan of Mooselicker and saw that you’re also a frequent reader, so I finally decided to click on your link, and to my pleasant surprise, I read a hilarious story about Mrs Higging Pie Shop! Nothing beats winter like a luke-warm can of soup. Looking forward to more laughs from your stories!

  10. ohhcanaduh says:

    I’m so glad you stopped into my site… I just adore your open-hearted approach to life! I love your honesty too, especially in “an unlikely friend.” I’ll follow this ride with you. 🙂

  11. I didnt know you went to Amherst!

  12. annaamazhang says:

    Enjoyed reading your Identity Crisis post! 🙂 I’m in the same boat and have been in Beijing for 5 months now with people trying to figure out if I’m a local or a foreigner lol.

    • Emily He says:

      Thanks Anna (is that right?)! I’ve been in BJ for 5 months too! Since August! I’d love to get together sometime and complain/praise our identities sometime! How long will you be here?

  13. Emily He says:

    Allergies are all cured now that I’m pet-free. And the (rare) blue sky does wonders for me!

  14. Jacqueline says:

    I think your blog is fantastic, Emily, so I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://6monthstolive.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/honored-humbled-part-2/ Keep the 中国 adventures coming!

  15. ARvWD says:

    Thanks for the like; I like yours too! And thanks for the proverbs, of course.

    Happy travelling!

  16. Jean says:

    Look forward to reading more about current discoveries of China from an ABC (aren’t you one?) Appreciate the Miao women blog post. Wow, they decorate their hair with lots of stuff. Wonderful..especially when black hair shows off alot of bright hair accessories.

    I haven’t been to China yet and I’ve been around long enough. Wrote about what folks like ourselves might imagine of our ancestral land:

    http://cyclewriteblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/asia-in-my-dreams-romanticizing-the-east/

  17. DUH'Merica says:

    Where have you been Emily He?

  18. Are you still in China? I will be moving to Shanghai in March. 🙂


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