Can’t find a job? Move overseas.

Or so says this recent column in the Washington Post.

Although I came overseas not because I couldn’t find a job in the U.S. but in search of something new and different, I do think this article makes some very good points about living overseas. Teaching English in China might not be a dream job, but it might be preferable to living with your parents and not being able to find any job after college. The husband of the article’s author applied for 279 jobs before he finally got one—in Hong Kong.

I’ve met many people in Asia who have said they came for this very reason: They couldn’t find a job in the U.S., the UK, Spain, etc. Continue reading

Photos: New Year

So I feel like even though everyone knows I work as an online editor, most people still probably don’t know exactly what that means. What, exactly, do I do? Well, I thought this was a good example. Today, among other things, I made this slideshow of celebrations of the new Lunar New Year from around the world. Check em out.

And while you’re at it, check out this nicely done New York Times video of celebrations in Beijing to get a little taste of exactly what the festive spirit feels like here this week.


Wow, what a productive day. Despite the T-8, I had a full day of editing, plus ended up with two blog posts (OK, to be fair, one had already been written). Nonetheless, you should go and read them both now:


In Battle to Save Chinese, It’s Test vs. Test
China’s Ministry of Education is introducing a Chinese-language test — an HSK, if you will — for native speakers.

And This Year’s Confucius Peace Prize Goes to…Nobody
I think (?) I previously posted a link to the first bit I wrote about this (Putin: Russia’s Man of Power, China’s Man of Peace?) about how Putin was shortlisted, among several others, for China’s version of the Nobel Peace Prize. Well, as my follow up today says, it turns out that prize might not be happening after all.