For the past five years I’ve been living in China, but my interest in the middle kingdom started almost a decade ago when I started reading every book about Chinese history I could get my hands on. My goal throughout college was to one day live in China, and when I got the chance to work for a Chinese Christian organization working in education in rural China, I jumped at the chance.
I arrived in Longzhou, a town so small few people had heard of it even within the province, completely unsure of what to expect, but with my background in East Asian Studies and Anthropology I was sure that I could handle it. I lived in villages for two years in Guangxi, before moving to Chengdu for a year. I currently live in Nanjing and am experiencing a completely different part of life in China.
Over those five years I often found myself reading entirely too many articles, and was seeing from conversations with students, colleagues, and random people on the street, that the stories being told about China’s rise focused too heavily on numbers and were missing the personal effects of the rapid changes.
So in late 2010 I started this blog as a means of offering a more complete look at what is happening in China. My goal is to slowly cover every aspect of modern China, and to avoid simple black and white explanations of what is happening in this country of nearly 1.4 billion people.
It is my hope that this blog will not only help you learn something new about life in China, but that it will make you think about China in new terms.
You can reach me directly at: Tom@Seeingredinchina.com I reply to all emails, usually within 24 hours, and am happy to help with any questions you might have.
For more about myself and the blog read: Who Am I to Judge China?
Tips from Tom on what to expect when moving to China