About Me

profilephotoHey there! My name is Chris and I’m Chinese.

Actually, I guess I could fall under a couple Asian-based categories. For one, I’m a CBC (short for Canadian-Born Chinese). I’m also a self-proclaimed banana (yellow on the outside and white on the inside).

Both of these titles never really mattered much until I moved to Asia in 2010. Now that I live here in China, my ethnicity has become a far more prominent point of conversation. Especially when speaking with locals.

Without question, the most common response (regardless of whether they’re speaking English or Mandarin) I hear from people once they discover that I’m Canadian is:

“When I first saw you, I thought you were Chinese.

Even this one statement alone speaks volumes about the mindset of the Chinese. And that intrigues me. Though I share the same ancestry as the people here, my culture and lifestyle is completely different from theirs.

This blog is my attempt at exploring the Chinese world and as well sharing my thoughts on what it’s like to live in Asia as a foreigner.

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18 thoughts on “About Me

    • Haha, yep. We’re just really hard to figure out. πŸ˜‰

      I checked out your previous and current blog. Great stuff! Talk about a major change in culture, language and environment.

      • Thank you! I found out your reference to oreos and bananas quite funny, didn’t know hog big the term was. Do you know any other references? πŸ™‚

        Yes it’s been a big change. I don’t know which country has been hardest to transition to…

    • Hey Richelle, I’m living in Sichuan province, just a couple hours away from Chengdu. Thanks for stopping by! Looks like you’re quite the globetrotter! How long have you been living in China?

  1. Hi πŸ™‚ been following your blog for a while and just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award (hope you haven’t received this already) … it rewards new bloggers and is a good way to get known I reckon πŸ™‚

  2. How and what you eat discribes who you really are my friend, my fellow maxillofacial surgeon collegues is Indonesian who born and raised in US, never touch any spicy indonesian with lots of chillies just like white dudes, but once it about rendang, sambal and another spicy Indonesian he can survived eating it without any diarrhea which almost happen to all white people,
    and yeah, you’re chinese for me, even you’re feeling such a trans-racial or cross- racial minded deep within!
    keep sharing and inspiring within your though bro!

  3. Lol, totally understand where you’re coming from. I was born in Seoul, but moved to Canada when I was 2, so culturally VERY North American. I moved back to Korea 5 years ago, and I can safely say that I have never felt LESS Korean than I do here. I seriously felt like I was more “Korean” in Canada. Weird, right? πŸ™‚

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