Surprised by an award for his support for the fight against AIDS in China, Brian Newkirk took the stage to give impromptu thank-you remarks during China AIDS Walk’s second Great Wall walk on October 13.And I knew he is a man with stories.
He came all the way to China on his own when he was only 16 years old in 2004, with the dream of learning Chinese kung fu that he had been obsessed with for a few years. He joined Beijing Sports University (BSU) and realized his dream. Meanwhile, he has been traveling around China to learn more about the big country.
“I think Chinese people are paying more and more attention to what they eat. The market for organic food in China is developing and catching up with the US. We aim to become a national brand in China,” said Sahra Malik, co-founder and CEO of Shangrila Farms,
He volunteered to join the US Army two weeks after graduating from high school when he was only 17 years old. He spent a year training on the US mainland, and became a paratrooper serving in Alaska, before being assigned to the First Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division and fighting as an infantryman and artillery forward observer in Vietnam in 1967–68.
David Colp, an American folk rock songwriter and singer. He is not a full-time musician, but his enthusiasm for music was clearly visible from the moment he grabbed the guitar in his hands.
Andrew Lane Cawthon hails from Dallas (达拉斯), a bustling metropolis in southern US which boasts a host of cultural events, year-round sunshine and evergreen vegetation. After practicing medicine for 14 years there, Cawthon decided to quit his well-paid job, become an actor and then move to Beijing.
“I never imagined I would be living and working in China,” Nicole Condon (康妮可) said. This New York girl is working as head of studio for the International Foundation Course Program at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA, 中央美术学院) in Beijing. With a deep love for teaching and creating art, Condon is striving to contribute to the Chinese art education and make progress in her own career.
Patty Hudak is a well-established American artist now based in Beijing. In her studio at Huantie Art City (环铁艺术区), the first international art community in Beijing which is home to many expatriate artists, she aims to carry forward her artistic career and ideas, while at the same time, contributing to bridge the cultural divide between China and the US.
Murray Clive is a budding Beijing-based actor who originally hails from South Africa. With recorder in hand, I waited for him in a pizzeria that lacked any natural light thanks to the smoggy, overcast day.
It is hardly surprising that people fall for this "tall, intelligent and attractive" man, a description of Nima by his students. And being in China, such a personable gentleman with the name "Nima" is bound to leave a deep impression, since it unfortunately shares the spelling of a widely used Chinese curse word.
“I don’t earn as much money as I did in my previous job, but I enjoy what I’m doing now.” This is what Andreas Laimboeck said of his current work. He is the general manager of the LTL Mandarin School, where LTL stands for “Live the Language”. As he pointedly tells his foreign students, “If you want to master the Chinese language, don’t learn it, but just live with it.”
Sally Victoria Benson (维多利亚）is a Chinese speaking Australian-born actress and model based in Beijing.
It was 6 am on May 30, 2013. A foreigner wearing a black T-shirt and a pair of beige shorts was walking up and down the stairs briskly in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the Temple of Heaven. He was not doing some physical exercise; instead, he was looking for a perfect location to shoot photos. Joe McNally, a professional photographer from the US, was among the 50 foreign photographers invited by the Information Office of the Beijing Municipal Government to work on the annual …
In most cities in China, even large ones like Wuhan, foreigners who speak Chinese without stuttering are still a rarity. Ones who go to chuanr restaurants far from the business or school districts and can converse on a variety of topics are rarer still. The laoban and his family had swarmed on me, asking all manner of questions about America, my time in China, and how I learned Chinese.
Sofie Grube comes from Denmark (丹麦), a Scandinavian country which boasts a privileged social welfare, developed clean technologies and humid climate.
When Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle each found themselves at a career crossroads, they decided to go traveling and embarked on an ambitious motorcycle ride around China.
“I am very proud to say I have become Chinese,” says Marshall Nicholson, a veteran American investment banker in Hong Kong.
Not even a Chinese knows the Great Wall of China as well as this British adventurer and writer.