Monthly Archives: November 2015

Navigating Gray Areas: Postdoc Experiences

I’m uncertain if it’s a correct perception that Postdoctoral Fellows (Postdocs) are treated like colleagues in universities across America. I’ve been a Postdoc twice, but both times were not in the US. The first time was in Grahamstown, South Africa. … Continue reading

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You’re American?

Living in different places outside of the US has given me the opportunity to work through and refine my self-identity. Specifically, my experiences in South Africa and China┬áhave helped me to better articulate what it means to be an “American” … Continue reading

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Going to Guangzhou, China

Here, I want to answer the question that others have asked me: Why go to China, especially for a two-year academic work contract. Another visiting scholar, whose time overlapped with mine at the Asia Research Institute in Singapore (in 2013), … Continue reading

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Across Three Continents

On 11 April 2015, I took the speed train from Guangzhou to Jinan in Shandong Province. I wrote on one of the social media platforms that’s accessible in China: “I first knew you in the US before I traveled to … Continue reading

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Loving in Soweto

To talk about how I – an Asian American woman – came to live in Soweto for one year is to talk about love. When I first arrived in South Africa in 2005, I stayed with a friend’s friend in … Continue reading

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