This post consists of two stories from a 1989 interview with colleagues at Xiamen University. The stories are good examples of the bizarre everyday hassles of living in China.
In this 1986 interview, an Australian student of Chinese talks about traveling to off-limits areas of China, about tensions between the Han Chinese and the minorities and about making friends.
In these 1985 interviews, two tall Westerners talk about playing basket ball at Xiamen University in China.
This is a July 2011 interview with a Canadian in his mid-fifties who is now teaching English in the People’s Republic of China after teaching for a while in Taipei. He discusses the surprises he discovered, touches a bit on working conditions in both places and explains why he is more content in China than he was back in Canada.
In this account, Harriet Adams, then a student at the international center at Nanjing University, describes her experience of the 1989 pro-democracy events in China.
Half a year after the 1989 Tiananmen Square Uprising, Harriet Adams, a graduate student doing research on the student movements in China and Korea, gave a talk on the pro-democracy movement to members of the Royal Asiatic Society—Korea Branch. It was a well put-together, impassioned but academically correct lecture. It made me very curious about the personal story behind the footnotes, particularly as I couldn’t help but noticing the affection Harriet and her Chinese husband clearly had for each other. Harriet agreed to an interview, which took place a few weeks later in her room near her university. “Both of …
In a 1986 interview, an English university student of Chinese talks about his experiences with doctors and medicine in mainland China.
In a 1986 interview an English university student of Chinese talks about food, drink and hashish in the People’s Republic of China.
An English student of the Chinese language discusses privacy, sexual repression and lying in the People’s Republic of China.
An American musician talks about performing folk songs in China and learning the traditional Chinese music called “Nanguan” or “Nanyin.”