My style is akin to a travelogue. I enjoy almost every minute in China though my stories might make you believe otherwise. I may exaggerate during these, but only slightly. I am a writer who sees my current home with eyes unclouded by formal Chinese history courses and prefer to operate on my senses and instincts. I have worked in a variety of positions, some of the most interesting have been as an editor, writer, and bottle cap salesman, all of which have given me unique insights on how people, life, creativity, and business interact.
I lived in Chengdu in Sichuan Province for 3 months in my wandering phase. Despite this city having almost twice as many people as my entire home state of Indiana, I was undaunted to bring my blonde head before some of the city’s most terrifying inhabitants–its vocational students. As an English teacher in one of the worst schools in China, I feel I might have had the most educational time I’ve ever experienced in a school. Despite some “wacky” situations there which would have turned anyone off to venturing out of his own house, let alone abroad, I have returned to China to give teaching another chance. I currently enjoy making grand gestures for English students in Nanjing.
I enjoy eating and seeing weird things and then describing both activities rather verbosely on this blog. I also like long walks, getting lost, and learning Chinese road names most people already know to stay away from. I also enjoy pointing at characters and pictures on a menu. What I lack in crucial street and book smarts, I hope I make up for with an eager excitement and the optimism that every one of my adventures will one day prove to be a positive one.
Feel free to contact me at Casey@seeingredinchina.com