A look at expat life in China

The world’s eyes are on China these days. So it isn’t suprising to see the latest issue of Good Magazine dedictated to it. But what jumped out at me was the section “Strangers in a Strange Land,” which looks at expat life there.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always intrigued by the personal stories of backpackers and expats. Between differences in backgrounds and interests and motivations—nobody can say to have exactly the same travel experience as anyone else. And add China to the mix and you’re pretty much guaranteed hours of award-winning story-swapping.

The article (and its online tie-in) gives us a face, a name, a story to twelve expats—from a hip-hop MC to a youth pastor. Written as a Q&A, some topics strike a familiar chord for travelers everywhere, but I thought that the most interesting answers were as unique as China itself.

And if you haven’t already picked up a copy of Good Magazine yet, you might want to check it out. It’s a different type of magazine, with intentions that are—dare I say—good. Or in their own words: “media for people who give a damn.”

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Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

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