Most Beautiful Place in America

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One of my goals for my time in the U.S. is to spend lots of time outdoors, especially near Lake Michigan.  Last “weekend,” by which I mean Thursday night to Saturday, because I... READ MORE

Stumped On What To Ask?

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I’m heading to the U.S. soon.  I’ll be seeing and talking to lots of people.  I think sometimes it feels intimidating to talk to someone like me, who seems to have such a... READ MORE

The Green Beans Recipe

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Every time I post about my attempts to cook Chinese food, American friends who have lived in China ask about The Green Beans.  This dish is a favorite among foreigners in China, but... READ MORE

Lotus Festival

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Shortly after I arrived in China, I visited Yuanmingyuan (The Old Summer Palace) for the first time.  That was in October, and I could see some of the remaining leaves and seed pods... READ MORE