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By weihan (Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:07:00 AM EST) China, nostalgia, travel (all tags)
Wherein I talk about what's happened to me and everyone else in the six and a half years since I left Beijing.


I returned to Austin and got a job at a game company where I made mobile games for about 4 years before calling it a day and going to work at a higher paying consultancy. A few months after regaining my Austin residency, I was referred to a Chinese teacher by one of my coworkers. I've been taking Chinese classes every week for the last six years and I must say my Chinese is better than when I left China. I'm not moving forward very quickly, but I'm not moving backward and that's worth the time and money investment for me.

In the summer of 2009, I went back to China. A friend who I worked with at the game studio moved there to teach. Additionally, an old friend from high school moved to Taiwan to teach. I visited both in a sweeping journey that took me through Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, Pingquan, Qingdao, Shanghai, and Guilin. I was in Shanghai for a total solar eclipse. Hindsight being 20/20 I should have gone to Chongqing for a cloud free view, but you can't really plan these things.

While in Beijing I met up with Very and Spy. Very was still teaching, but now at a Montessori school instead of the grinding English teaching gig from before. More importantly, she was engaged to marry a nice American fellow LDS member. They've since married and moved to Southern California. Spy and the Husband To Be behaved like children but whatever. HTB likely felt a bit strange about his fiance's ex visiting. Very was, as ever, a gracious hostess.

From Beijing I headed to Pingquan to see my friend 崔国华. I stayed up there for a few days helping him with his school and visiting with people I knew in town. My Chinese skills served me much better and I was able to have better conversations with non-English speaking acquaintances.

After Pingquan I headed back through Beijing and on to Qingdao, Shanghai, and finally Guilin. Cookie was living in Guilin and working on some business of her own. She was a bit busy, so I only got to see her for a short afternoon. I also met her brother while I was there, so that was nice.

After Guilin I was sick of Mainland China again, so I beat a fast retreat to Hong Kong and touristed my way around for about 4 days. I really want to go back there one day. Taiwan too. The mainland, not so much.

Slozo and YJ are parents now. Neat! 恭喜恭喜! 祝贺

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Wow, long time gone. by hulver (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 04:00:14 AM EST
Hello again :)

I didn't think you'd be posting again, after your last entry.
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Cheese is not a hat. - clock

Neither did I :) by weihan (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:44:55 PM EST
I was rereading my old entries the other night and decided I had something more to add since I returned to the Chinese speaking part of the world for a month.

Also, Scoop still shits the bed when you feed it Chinese characters. My entry was cut off at the end when it encountered codepoint U+2F804 (or more probably, the UTF-8 encoding: 0xF0AFA084)

-卫青涵

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Welcome back! by Gedvondur (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:25:35 AM EST
So you are living in Austin now?

"So I will be hitting the snatch hard, I think, tonight." - gzt
Yup! by weihan (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:48:12 PM EST
This city couldn't get rid of me if it wanted to...

-卫青涵
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