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Small World in Beijing: How I Randomly Met Family in a Hutong Bar

There’s nothing more cringe-worthy than being asked if you know someone from Ireland because you’re Irish. I remember drinking with Americans that were tracing their roots in Dublin, and they kept asking me if I had ever heard of their great aunt this, great Peter Willy Malone, and whatever they were going on about like […]

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English Teaching in Taiwan – Overt Racism That Everyone Knows About

News broke that a school in Taipei was discriminating against black and dark-skinned people in their hiring practices and everyone lost it. By everyone, I mean mostly the international community and some locals. As quickly as the story broke, it was gone. There hasn’t been much discussion on the topic since. I didn’t want to […]

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Being an Irishman With a Beijing Accent in Taipei

In 2011 I took the dive to study Chinese and International Business for my undergraduate. Many people ask me “why did you study Chinese?” and my answer has always been “I really don’t know.” I didn’t put much thought into my future at 17 and I chose 10 courses, and I came out with Chinese […]

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The Enjoyment of Being a Foreigner – The Foreigner in the Room

I’m not crazy about always being referred to as a foreigner. Even in my local little beef noodle spot, I am still referred to as the foreigner despite the owner and staff knowing me on a first name basis. I don’t enjoy being reminded with interactions that I’m “different”. I know I’m different because the […]

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