Another year has passed, and my big brother has wound up in Asia for the second time in his life. Last year he saw straightforward Japan, but this time he’s in mean China, a country that never throws foreign travelers a crutch. Will China chew him up and spit him out, or will he be one of the rare Westerners that falls in love with the country? Read this interview to find out what my brother thought of the Middle Kingdom after spending one month in the country traveling to four very different cities.
They say familiarity breeds contempt, so does that mean unfamiliarity breeds admiration? This last June and July my older brother made his first ever trip to the Eastern Hemisphere by visiting me here in Japan. Though not a seasoned traveler, he does have some notable foreign travel under his belt. So what did he think of the great former Nippon Empire? Read more to learn which aspects of Japan blew my brother away, and which aspects he found to be sorely lacking.
Winston Wu, American founder of HappierAbroad.com, was one of the pioneers of the “go abroad for greener pastures” movement that seems to be growing more and more with each passing year. Due to his outspoken nature on controversial topics like anti-feminism and the decay of American society, some people love him, while others hate him. He took the time to do an interview with me so we can learn more about his roots and his lifestyle. Read this interview to learn more about the life of the self-proclaimed “most freethinking Asian of all time.”
American expat David has spent over five years in Japan, and almost three of those were spent in Tokyo, the country’s bustling capital that needs no introduction. After over half a decade spent in the Land of the Rising Sun working as an English teacher, what does he think of the country and its famous mega city? Read this week’s episode of “Interview with an Expat” to learn about Tokyo from an experienced expat’s point of view.
Dongguan, a second tier city in China’s economically prosperous Guangdong province, previously had a seedy reputation as the “vice” capital of mainland China, but some say those days are history. Korean-American expat Jisang has spent a year living there and still counting, and he thinks the city is a pretty decent place to live as a foreigner. Read this week’s episode of “Interview with an Expat” to get an idea of what Dongguan really is beyond its notorious reputation.
Czech expat Michal spent a year and a half in Thailand’s gritty and vibrant capital Bangkok. He ultimately decided the city was not for him and returned home, but something about the city is pulling him back. Read this interview to learn what drove him mad and what he couldn’t help but adore.
American expat Kainan went from a morbidly obese loser binging on video games in his parent’s home in southern California, to a part-time model scouring the streets of Chongqing, China looking for his future wife. How he did it, whether or not he found any success romantically in the Middle Kingdom, and every wacky little story in between can be found right here.