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Tonight, my hairdresser and I talked America. About what it's like to grocery shop without understanding the language, how hard it is to be an immigrant, and how long it would take for him to learn to speak English. Xiao shared his big dreams about moving to the United States and he asked what the hair salons are like there. He said he was planning to go to Sichuan later next year first to work a bit, get things in order, and then head to America. It was a great conversation with an obviously thoughtful, enthusiastic and ambitious young man. ...


It is seven weeks into the school year in China and the honeymoon period is most definitely over. So unsurprisingly, last week when I lived with our first-year Fellows and observed their classes in a factory town in China, I've been thinking a lot about the "naughty" kids. I am talking about the ones who REALLY misbehave. The ones who beat others, throw desks, cuss out teachers, climb through windows and refuse to do their school work. Also known as my favorites.
But let's not lie. It's easy for me to say I love the naughty kids when I don't ...


I commented to my friend last week that being an adult is really hard and I haven't necessarily gotten better at it in my 30's. Yet this was right before I heard that three high schoolers had been shot in the Anacostia neighborhood of DC just the other day. Shortly after, I received a text from a high-school student in Yunnan, China whom I got to know over the summer, that her father was very ill and she might need to drop out of school - thus scrapping everything she and her family had worked for with her education. Though ...


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