Social networks and the influence of gender: Part 3

For the final (and very late) installment, I am going to focus on networks and the way they work during the settling process. While social networks provide a wide variety of important services in the lives of migrants, today I will focus on their role in providing food, housing, job information, social service information, legal…

Upheaval

The title of this blog post is apt because my life has been in upheaval since the beginning of March. Some has been good, some has been bad, but I can say for certain that I am looking forward to having my schedule settle down a little bit. So what has been happening? On the…

To Indonesia and Back

This blog post was started sometime around February 7th or 8th, about three days after I arrived back in Shanghai! It is currently March 11th, and I have been agonizing over this post for like a month ( in addition to doing lots of other stuff!). I have now decided to just go ahead and…

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…