Musings on Chinese Breakfast: Baozi Bonanza! by Ben Baldieri

Bacon and Eggs. Toast and sugary cereals with enough e-numbers in to send you to the moon. Bottomless coffee and litres of juice. All staples in the most important meal of the day. In China, the above staples are gone. Most of what’s found in their place is as different as could possibly be. Even…

First Days in China: Cogitate This by Brody Weinrich

Congratulations! You have accepted a position to be a Foreign English Teacher with SDE and bought your plane ticket to China. So exhilarating! But there’s something holding you back from feeling as excited as you know you are. Maybe it’s that you subconsciously recognize just how little you know about what your first days in…

Golden Week Adventuring: Dinner in Guilin by Ben Baldieri

Golden week. Never did I think that two little words could bring such a vast amount of joy to me yet, six weeks into my China teaching adventure, joy is exactly what was brought. Teaching in the public-school system has many benefits. Though having ample time off was an important consideration for me before coming…

Being a Vegan in China – A Survival Guide by Cody Hoffman

I am sitting at the table, at a fairly nondescript Chinese restaurant in Shenzhen’s Fumin district. Around me, my friends and boyfriend are beginning to dig into their meals happily, but I hesitate. I flag down the waitress. “Excuse me,” I say, or rather, I speak into Google Translate. “I asked for no meat. I…

From the Outside Looking In Part 3: Future of ESL in China by Austen Beck

China has made me feel anything but “big,” it’s respectfully made me feel very small, which I’ve come to very much appreciate. China, a world leading power, is progressing faster than ever in its education system. It’s taking on new ideas with different approaches, shaping educators to be energetic and work together effectively. Change is…

Adjudicating High School Debating in China by Chris Edwards

I still remember in late 2015 receiving an unsolicited approach from someone claiming to be from the National High School Debating League of China. I had never heard of the organization, but I had fond memories of debating in high school, so I opened the LinkedIn message. In it, I was given an introduction to…