Author Archives: James O'Leary

Honor thy Father and thy Mother

Well, April is officially upon us and with it comes the looming threat of midterms, the looming excitement of a trip to Yunnan, and the holiday of Qing Ming Jie. Qing Ming Jie, known in English as “Grave Sweeping Day” (it’s one … Continue reading

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In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion

Sunday, the 23rd of March, marked a significant milestone for all of us in Shanghai. In addition to being the first Sunday after the vernal equinox (day is longer than night again!), it also marked that we have officially spent … Continue reading

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I’ve been Shanghaied!

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, due to multiple issues (studying, illness, and general internet connectivity problems), so I think I’ll compensate by writing a particularly long post for all three of you who are reading this. Three … Continue reading

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Water Each Day Keeps the Doctor Away

“It’s safe, it’s hot.” “Ok, thanks…you boiled it though, right?” “No, but it’s safe, it’s hot.” “It’s from a bottle, right?” “No, but it’s safe, it’s hot.” “I can’t drink water from the tap.” “Yes you can, because it’s safe. … Continue reading

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Above the Sea, Below the Smog

I’d like to begin this blog post with an apology.  By now, I should have posted at least two blog posts, if not three, and one of them should have been before I was in Shanghai.  As I am writing … Continue reading

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