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Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Hanoi like a Local

Hanoi is one of the most vibrant and exciting places I’ve visited. The food is fantastic, the people are friendly, and there is so much to get up to. I honestly can’t wait to visit Vietnam again, especially as there’s so much more to see, you can explore Vietnam for a month and still not …

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How Jung Chang’s ‘Wild Swans’ Made Me A Better Laowai

Before I lived in Tokyo and Seoul, I lived in Shanghai. Expats and locals alike in Tokyo and Seoul have joked with me more than once about the harshness of Chinese culture and the unpleasantness of life there; jokes such as: ‘On the Seoul subway, keep your voice down. You don’t want to be a …

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Interview with Young-Im Lee, Author of Forgotten Reflections: A War Story

Forgotten Reflections is a tale of survival and the ability to flourish through adversity during a devastating period of modern Korean history: The Korean War. Young-Im Lee has painted a truly staggering and diverse world that seems entirely removed from the modern day, and yet is immediately recognisable. I had the opportunity to get in …

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Visiting the Nanjing Massacre and Zheng He Memorials (China)

Where is Nanjing? Nanjing is home to more than 7 million people, a modest population by Chinese standards. But with its proximity to the mountains and the Yangtze river, the city can feel like a cozy town compared to the all-pervasive presence of people and concrete in Shanghai. Which is ridiculous, because “cozy town” has …

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Review: Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo is a cultural examination of post-war Japan packaged into a touching, life-affirming love story for the ages. The twentieth century, and the end of World War II, saw a global shift in culture, technology, and economics never before experienced. One of the places hit hardest by this was Japan, which previously had …

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Find Peace in Moganshan, China: A Three Day Guide

Moganshan, China – Travel Guide “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee My birthday wish this year was simple: to escape the suffocating crowds of Shanghai and bask in the fresh air, blue skies and wide-open spaces of the …

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