• Expat Interviews
  • Interview with My Brother: A Newbie’s Reflections on China

    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.

  • Expat Interviews
  • Interview with My Brother: A Newbie in Japan

    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.

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  • Interview with an Expat: Jisang in Dongguan, China

    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.

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  • Interview with an Expat: Kainan in Chongqing, China

    Kainan Viewing Chongqing

    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.