Chinese college students in the early 1980s. (Image: Susan Ruel)

Friends All Over the World (Chapter 5)

Friends All Over the World, from Susan Ruel’s novel Shanghai Friendship Store, portrays the claustrophobic social lives of a small, insular “foreign expert“ community in the 1980s. Shanghai had long been known as China’s most Westernized city. Yet, during this…

The irony of friendship is that we often only miss it when we are separated. (Image: Susan Ruel)

Deep Impressions (Chapter 4)

Deep Impressions, from the novel The Shanghai Friendship Store (Chapter 4), introduces some Chinese college students (circa 1982) who exemplify their nation’s next generation of scholars. From the Beijing collegians who launched the historic May 4th Movement of 1919 to…

If you want to make cooking a much more enjoyable experience, consider singing during the process. (Image: Screenshot / YouTube)

Make Cooking Fun by Singing

Many people love cooking but struggle with the process. Some find it long and laborious, while some feel that it is boring. If you have such feelings and wish to make cooking a much more enjoyable experience, consider singing during…

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