Domestic work in China and in the world

The term that keeps popping up in my blog posts and when I describe my research is “domestic work.” However, I fear that for those readers outside the field, this term may be unfamiliar. So, for this inaugural post I am going to provide background information for my readers, namely: what is domestic work, demographics…

How to be your own boss

It has officially been three weeks since I picked up and moved from Beijing to Shanghai! I plan on using this post to first talk about progress with my research; including the trials, tribulations, and joys! After that, I will talk about my life here in Shanghai (and address the strong rivalry between Beijing and…

Chapter 2: Shanghai

First off, I owe the readers of this blog a huge apology because I have not written a blog post in forever. My life got pretty crazy for a minute there as I scrambled through the second semester of my language program. I think this week’s blog post will mostly be a reflective, grateful post…

Vietnam: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Hey friends and family! Sorry for the lag between this and my last post. We had a week off between the two mini semesters (the IUP larger semester is broken up into two semesters), and my friend, Joyce, and I went to Vietnam. Now we are back in Beijing, a week into the second semester,…

Moving into 23

Time for another life update! First I am going to rant a bit about nationalism in the States and in China. Second, I am going to talk about my birthday (aka it was nice but sad!). Finally, I am going to talk about some fun things I have done over the past couple of weeks!…

Finding my place in Beijing (figuratively and literally)

I have so much to share in this post, that I will break it up into three sections! First, I will give you all some background as to the housing debacle that defined my first three weeks in Beijing! Second, I will describe the progress of the academic year, and how I am adjusting to…

New home, new school

This is my first post from China! I arrived in Beijing on the night of the 17th, and with my friend Hannah (who I met on my last study abroad experience!) stayed in ~very~ sketchy Airbnb while we looked for an apartment! I am not ashamed to say, the first couple of days were not…

Ready for takeoff

After waiting for the night before we left for Boston to pack (bags starting weight were 70 lb and 57 lb, winnowed them down to 50 lb and 51.2 lb), I find myself in Terminal B of Boston Logan Airport waiting for my flight. I couldn’t sleep at all last night, don’t know where I…

Pre-departure feels

Hello all! Cheesy as it might be, I have decided to create a blog to share my experiences in China on my Fulbright grant with my friends and family. I hope to be updating this blog roughly every couple of weeks. To start, I will be spending four months in Beijing attending the Inter-University Program…