Book Preview!

Hey everyone, sorry I’ve not been posting much lately – a lot of things have been happening all at once, so it’s been difficult to find time to write about the news as well. On the plus side, I’ve finished writing my book! It’s a small book, but hell, it’s a book! The Garden JournalContinue reading “Book Preview!”

Why He Studied Arabic

While I studied Chinese, my boyfriend went to the same university to study Arabic. We were both in the languages department, with intense interests in history and politics, and we were both crazy enough to choose some of the most difficult languages in the world. People still ask us “which one’s harder?” And honestly, I’veContinue reading “Why He Studied Arabic”

The Garden Journal

When I was a kid, I was raised to love the land. My family would go on walks whenever we could, and mum and dad would point out all the plants you can use: cleavers, comfrey, gorse…plants that are often mislabelled as weeds, pests and useless are actually remarkably good for us. Meanwhile, plants liveContinue reading “The Garden Journal”

Cultural Tips: Dating in China

Extract from The Way We Communicate, Volume 2, by Xu Zhenya Find a good excuse before talking with a female stranger, especially with good-looking ones. Most Chinese still think it improper for girls to talk with strangers on the street, though helping a stranger would be acceptable and considered a good deed. One should comeContinue reading “Cultural Tips: Dating in China”

Why I Learned Chinese

When you grow up in a rough neighbourhood, you start fantasising about running away from a very young age. Luckily, I somehow resisted doing anything stupid, and stuck around in school until I was eighteen, when I left school with 14 GCSEs and 3 A-Levels (the qualifications needed for university). I was all set upContinue reading “Why I Learned Chinese”

Is Filial Piety Still A Thing?

For myself, yes. Personally, I grew up in a very working class neighbourhood. Everyone who could work did, taking it in turns to look after us children. Mum and dad weren’t married, and didn’t live together, so she counted as a single mum. The same could be said for my sister, who had her firstContinue reading “Is Filial Piety Still A Thing?”

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