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468 Views | 1 Comments | 3 Articles | 1/4/2020 1:23:50 PM

A young, 20 or so years old, Chinese male disembarked from the Laurel in Sydney in 1818, just over 200 years ago. The first or perhaps the second legal immigrant from the Middle Kingdom to Sydney. Surely many other itinerant Chinese had landed in the north west diving for beche-de-mer (trepang, sea-cucumber), and perhaps Zheng He had come there too, 400 years earlier. Others had been shanghaied or press ganged and later jumped ship, probably from the Pearl River region, whence Mai Shiying (aka Mak O'pang, Mak Saiying) came too. At some point shortly after arrival, He was assigned the name of John Shying, willy nilly, clearly resulting from the confusion over family names.  That name thenceforth appears on marriage and birth certificates. From John Shying Circa 1798 to John James 1823, John Joseph 1844, William John 1868, and Jack Reuben my grandfather the male chain continues, but Reuben had four daughters, so Narelle, mum, was the end of my branch of the Shying chain. Read more…

605 Views | 8 Comments | 1 Articles | 3/18/2019 9:55:25 PM

The chronology of those early trips is somewhat confused - more than 20 years have passed by - but I think after the Aussie Melbourne Cup celebration at the embassy next port of call was Ningbo, by overnight ship from Shanghai.  A two-hour bus trip from Shanghai to the port wheezing in clouds of smoke from beneath the no-smoking sign and then overnight in the four berth cabin of an old clunker to Ningbo - memorable.  I'll see if I can find any photos.  Meeting family, then by bus to Huangshan.  Oh! how buses have improved since then, speed and comfort wise!  The 'seats' were reclining wicker beds, you could not sit up at all.  In the misty morning you could choose xifan zha cai mantou or nothing haha (wet rice, pickled turnip bland buns). Read more…

4615 Views | 10 Comments | 0 Articles | 2/5/2019 1:14:18 PM

Back in September 2018 John published my blog entitled 'Traditional Misery' Now, in February 2019, I am even more at a loss when it comes to understanding so-called 'tradition'. Read more…

1639 Views | 22 Comments | 5 Articles | 7/12/2018 10:02:18 AM

After spending some time in the intriguing kingdom of China, here are some further random thoughts about the place. This article is a continuation from Part 1 of this series. Please try to contain your excitement. Hold any applause till later. Read more…

1419 Views | 14 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/27/2018 11:12:27 PM

On my last day in China, in appreciation of my help in the gym, Mandy invited us for dinner at the restaurant she worked at. After two weeks of dieting, my wife was exuberant. Not just because she could eat anything, but because the place was so fancy.  Read more…

2276 Views | 35 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/27/2018 9:31:31 PM

The Shouting Boy

So I turned to my wife and asked, “Did you hear that shout?”

“What shout?” she asked, sleepy-eyed.

It was Sunday morning in Shenzhen. The streets were quiet, nearly without traffic, cars and pedestrians alike. My wife and I were already up and on our way to the gym. I was very much jet-lagged and about to convince myself that the airplane engines were somehow still roaring in my ears, when there it was again—a bawl. This time, it got my wife's attention as well. Read more…

1922 Views | 28 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/5/2018 12:36:35 PM

Many of you familiar with the blogs and forum know that I’m a Christian through the various comments I’ve made there, and the debates I’ve entered into concerning climate change, apologetics, politics, macro-evolution, comparative cultures, US History, Chinese culture, worldviews, religion, and homosexuality.  I’m a Christ-follower who used to be a religious person. I attended church and embraced a New Age/Buddhist/Hindu worldview. I came to trust and follow Jesus while a Senior in High School. Read more…

1619 Views | 5 Comments | 0 Articles | 10/21/2017 9:06:13 PM

My best mate, of more than 20 years, moved to Australia about 9 years ago. He and his wife have just returned from their first trip abroad. Their desination - Bali. Read more…

3021 Views | 5 Comments | 4 Articles | 4/5/2017 7:27:21 AM

Thanks to China’s rapid economic growth, the culture shock you are likely to experience in China's cities is much more subtle than in rural areas. Read more…

1564 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 8/5/2016 10:42:17 AM

There are many things that we westerners complain about in China, the 'Bean-Can-Man'; those that pay homage to the 'Flob God'; people walking on roads and driving on the pavement; the apparent lack of common sense; even the education system that is often more akin to palliative care than it is to teaching. Read more…

3195 Views | 13 Comments | 0 Articles | 7/26/2016 12:38:42 PM

I was already thinking of throwing a "doing business in China" oriented blog in here, and then a friend sent me this and I decided that this was more to the point than what I had planned on writing. You need to pay very careful attention to this because there is an important point here that everyone planning to start doing business in China or with Chinese businessmen must understand. It is also relevant often enough in negotiating your future with the Chinese woman you are dating and considering as your life partner. Read more…

3539 Views | 27 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/12/2016 3:07:38 PM

My first blog will be my first experience in Taiwan ... and my goals for blogging will be .. Read more…

1431 Views | 2 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/29/2016 8:08:15 AM

"We've got 5000 years of culture and history" tends to be the stock answer when the question including 'why' is asked in China . 'So what ? Australian aboriginals have 40,000 years of history, does that make them better than anyone else?"... Read more…

5862 Views | 38 Comments | 8 Articles | 12/5/2015 1:26:54 PM

令人遗憾的是文章不能翻译成中文。 Read more…

2461 Views | 12 Comments | 6 Articles | 12/3/2015 11:33:14 AM

Three months had now passed since arriving in China in early September 2015.  The first month had been a period of settling in. The second month had been a period of gradual familiarisation with day to day activity.  The third month had given me time to pause and reflect more fully on my situation.  What were my honest feelings about China, whether teaching or otherwise? Read more…

1727 Views | 9 Comments | 0 Articles | 10/26/2015 9:49:37 AM

~~Moving to any country to live and work can often lead a person into some kind of ‘culture-shock’, and China is no exception. They have some strange and wonderful cultures and traditions, many that always make me smile. One such culture is the lunch at 11.30 (or noon) and dinner at 6pm Read more…

1778 Views | 6 Comments | 7 Articles | 11/7/2015 11:03:29 PM

I blinked but I couldn’t believe it.  But Ted (a foreign teacher like me) was correct.  Close to our university, attached to the side of the house just outside of a window was a dirty bird cage.  Inside the bird cage was a dog. Read more…

4396 Views | 11 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/16/2015 10:01:37 PM

I never met Gareth. In person, that is. I knew him, as most of you reading this will, through his writings. But that is not an inconsequential way to get to know someone. Indeed, most writers will tell you that this is their preferred way of interacting with the world. Read more…

4198 Views | 5 Comments | 0 Articles | 2/27/2015 8:43:22 AM

It seems so tragic to be announcing this funeral so early in a good man's life. There are men one might say of, "Died at 46 years you say? Oh, well, no great loss to the world." But Gareth was not such a man, he was not among that number! Gareth has given us much of himself, and yet he had so much more to give. Read more…

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