I’m an expat living in Shanghai, China. Life filtered through the lens of China is a perpetual assault on the senses — the smells, feelings, sights, sounds and tastes can be overwhelming. But life in China can also be a driver of imagination, humor, frustration and awe. China is a country of visual contradiction, and to live here is to feel the future in the instant* — that slightly off-kilter tingle of being transfixed by possibilities both dangerous and hopeful. So, expect this to be a blog about life in China. Expect literary references (I’m a former English teacher). Expect contradictions. Expect it to be what a woman thinks about all day long, in China.
“Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.” –David Foster Wallace, This is Water, 2005 Kenyon College Address.
* Thy letters have transported me beyond
this ignorant present, and I feel now
the future in the instant. — Macbeth, Act I