26 Jan, 2012 in Studies
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In the spirit of the lovely trend of "Shit girls say…" or "Shit people say…" and seeing that my "Sh*t Hong Kong People Say to White Guys" was able to get a few positive responses, I sat down to quickly write down some of the sh*t people usually say to me about my PhD studies. […]

3 Jul, 2011 in Chinese Studies
Big Bang Theory : Sheldon Speaking Chinese

I’m a very late comer to Big Bang Theory (生活大爆炸), which is kind of feat considering the fact that I’m studying for a PhD and this is considered the "PhD show". I’ve been observing my Chinese research roommates watch this show during their lunch for quite some time but it was only recently that I’ve […]

16 Mar, 2011 in Studies, Taipei
My Chih-Nan Temple fortune teller

There’s something comforting about putting your faith in the heavens and asking for guidance from the Gods. Though my background has made me over-skeptic and despite this not being of my religious background I find fortune telling and the ceremonies surrounding it quite magical. I have had close Taiwanese friends for whom I …

17 Mar, 2010 in Cross culture
Cross Galactical Relationships : the movie Avatar

In the last 11 days I’ve shared some of the responses I got from a survey I conducted during 2008 about Cross-Cultural Relationships. The survey was inspired by a book called “One Couple – Two Cultures : 81 western-Chinese couples talk about love and marriage” by Dan Waters, which is a terrific read about …

16 Mar, 2010 in Cross culture
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Are cross cultural relationships really any different from same-culture relationships? In what way? At the end of 2008 I conducted an open-survey about cross-cultural relationships, inviting my open and willing blog readers to share their experiences of CCRs. This series of posts highlights some of what the participants shared about their cross cultural …

15 Mar, 2010 in Cross culture
Opportunities – Cross Cultural Relationships #10

What are some of the opportunities that open up when in a cross cultural relationship? Do those in cross cultural relationships take full advantage of those opportunities? At the end of 2008 I conducted an open-survey about cross-cultural relationships, inviting my open and willing blog readers to share their experiences of CCRs. This …

14 Mar, 2010 in Cross culture
Discrimination Against Cross Cultural Relationships #9

How do people react towards cross-cultural relationships? Are those in cross cultural relationships discriminated against? At the end of 2008 I conducted an open-survey about cross-cultural relationships, inviting my open and willing blog readers to share their experiences of CCRs. This series of posts highlights some of what the participants shared about their …

13 Mar, 2010 in Cross culture
Challenges in Cross Cultural Relationships #8

What are the main difficulties and challenges of being in a cross cultural relationships? At the end of 2008 I conducted an open-survey about cross-cultural relationships, inviting my open and willing blog readers to share their experiences of CCRs. This series of posts highlights some of what the participants shared about their cross …

12 Mar, 2010 in Cross culture
Positive Aspects of Cross Cultural Relationships #7

What’s the good side of cross-cultural relationships? What are the positive aspects of being in a cross-cultural relationship? At the end of 2008 I conducted an open-survey about cross-cultural relationships, inviting my open and willing blog readers to share their experiences of CCRs. This series of posts highlights some of what the participants …

11 Mar, 2010 in Cross culture
Success factors – Cross Cultural Relationships #6

What makes cross cultural relationships work? Can cross cultural relationships work? At the end of 2008 I conducted an open-survey about cross-cultural relationships, inviting my open and willing blog readers to share their experiences of CCRs. This series of posts highlights some of what the participants shared about their cross cultural relationship experiences. …

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