• China Expat is a cultural and literary forum for expatriates interested in China and has been published by Asia Briefing Ltd since 2001. The sites resident China culture writers have included such expatriate luminaries as Chris Devonshire-Ellis, Graham Thompson, Josh Gartner and now Ernie Diaz.
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About China Expat

China Expat is owned by Asia Briefing Ltd and was originally founded by Chris Devonshire-Ellis in 2001. He continues to personally support the sites costs and expenses. Designed as a platform for expatriate literary, travel, and cultural understanding and discussions, the site has attracted some of the best foreign expatriate writers in contemporary China, including Graham Thompson, Josh Garter, and currently Ernie Diaz. All have subsequently gone on to have significant works published elsewhere after cutting their teeth on China Expat. The site content is a mixture of adventure travel, getting out and about into some of China’s more remote areas, as well as exploring aspects of rural and urban Chinese culture that may not be immediately apparent to the casual observer. Chinese history and culture are also explored and discussed first hand and in detail.

China Expat was the first online website to feature a comprehensive list of Chinese cities, a feature we have recently updated today, and retains its reputation as a more serious, yet fun read for the professional expatriate interested in Chinese culture and travel. This is not a site devoted to gossip, scandal or expatriate innuendo. We do however recommend using the search function to find specific pieces by author, region of China, or area of culture. Comments to online articles are welcome.

We also welcome contributions from individuals who would like to see their work published. Please contact editor@chinaexpat.com

The new China Expat book “China Expat – The Best Writing Of The Past Decade” will be published in November 2010 and will be made available on this site.

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5 Responses to About China Expat

  1. Hello Chinaexpat,
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    November 5, 2011

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  2. Ernie says:

    At least you’re honest about catering to the perversity of those who seek their own kind abroad; if I have to read another Beijinger article about the quest for the city’s best cheeseburger I’m moving to Irkutsk.

  3. alix jacobs says:

    I would like to call to your attention a book my mother, Diana Hutchins Angulo, has written. She grew up in China, living there between the two world wars. It would likely be of interest to a number of your readers. (review is below).
    Alix Jacobs
    Haverford, PA

    From: Journal of the Shanghai Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
    Peking Sun, Shanghai Moon: a Chinese Memoir
    Peking Sun, Shanghai Moon: a China Memoir by Diana
    Hutchins Angulo. Edited by Tess Johnston. Hong Kong: Old
    China Hand Press, 2008.
    Reviewed by Janet Roberts

    Like a contemporary Chinese scroll unfurling, this memoir by Diana Hutching Angulo, edited by Tess Johnston and
    Jean Anne A. Hauswald, provides scenarios in a series of quiet reflective moments in distant years. Savored hours of
    childhood memories in Beijing and youthful days in Shanghai are recollected in tranquility. Equal portions of the book are devoted to the two venues, Beijing and Shanghai. With the appearance of a rather “slight” book, only 142 pages in length, with 55 pages, devoted to family album pictures, the narrative still proves a satisfying read. The first third details life in Beijing, where the author’s father was a military attaché, and the last third discusses a brief interlude in Hawaii, but mostly, life among the wealthy in Shanghai, in the 1930’s-40’s when the author’s father was commander in chief of the Asian Fleet, – giving us snapshot views of people and occasions, and fashionable dinners.
    Among the luminaries who appear in the pages in Beijing are friends of her parents, such as a Mr. Rogers who
    eventually gives Wallis Simpson away in marriage; visitors at their home, include Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin;
    Roy Andrews and Sven Hedin; and notably, her mother’s friend Princess Der Ling, as well as Reginald Johnson,
    tutor to Pu Yi .

    With a father who was a military envoy, diplomatic circles are dramatic backdrops for eliciting from
    the experience of a small girl, recall of scenes with elegant characters in a strictly ordered world. The memoir conveys these impressions, filtered through memory. One of Diana Hutchins Angulo’s more striking travel
    reminiscences, rests in showing how common warlord violence, pirating and banditry were in the days they
    ventured out on excursions from Beijing. In retrospect, the author comments on the “frightening warnings of terrorist activities that discourage many international travelers. I sometimes wonder at the courage of the many foreigners who made a home in China during this troubled period of history.”

    Diana Hutchins recalls a mosaic of personalities, in both sisters’ lives, as well as life in the old French Concession
    in their home on 24 Ferguson Lane. Among the collage of a backdrop of clubs, balls, and parties in Shanghai – along with mention of her older sister’s friendships – including anecdotes of Emily Hahn – Diana remembers a “vibrant girl, Agnes MacGruder…who met and married in Paris,…the well known Russian painter Ashile Gorky.” Another young English girl, Peggy Hookham, who went to the same Cathedral School for Girls, trained with a former member of the Bolshoi in Shanghai, and became known to the world as Dame Margot Fonteyn.

    In a short pastiche, the essays detail quotes of books read, stories heard, cultural understanding gained, childhood
    memories of her parents’ friends, and her own school friends in Shanghai – the reflections of a woman in her 90th year, now living in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA, near her daughter and grandsons. Having departed from China in 1940, she visited China, in this past decade, with a group of French journalists and artists, the highlight being a visit to her old home, No. 1 the Bund in Shanghai. Diana Hutchins writes the “greatest gift from my China days was one of the most precious that my parents could have given me: the ability to mingle with ease in an international community. In the years to come I was to live with confidence and pleasure on distant shores and in faraway places.”

    The whole memoir is written with a sense of the light touch of a white gloved hand, leaving the reader with a sense of the author’s quiet repose

  4. Ernie says:

    Thank you kindly, Alix. Who shall I contact to publish and excerpt online?

  5. Mimi Knaub says:

    I greatly appreciate this information.
    Sincerely Mimi

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