Presenting: Narrate China

Narrate China aims to vividly share stories of real life experiences in China and make intimate perspectives accessible online.

A sweet, sour, bitter, spicy life

In Chinese, there is an expression: 酸甜苦辣 Pronounced: Suan, Tian, Ku, La It literally means as Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy and translates as the joys and sorrows of life.  I love this phrase. It is true to life anywhere in the world. But it seems to lend itself particularly well to life in China. As my Chinese tutor explained to [...]

Chinese Dentist Time

What time is it? It's Chinese Dentist Time!  When I was a kid, just as ten to ten became Cowboy Time (ten to ten to ten ten ten..., two thirty became tooth hurty - Chinese Dentist Time. It was years before I realised the racism of this joke. But it has nonetheless been circling my head for the [...]