'Chun­jie' Greet­ings

That's China - - Editor's Note - Gemma Piali Edi­tor

Wher­ever you are in the world build­ing a heart­felt home is a com­plex task in it­self, let alone re­lo­cat­ing to a for­eign coun­try where one needs a dose of courage and a sprin­kling of an ad­ven­tur­ous mind-set. Over the long his­tory of China, for­eign­ers have left their home shores and crossed the seas to take part in vi­brant and com­plex com­mu­ni­ties within China.With each pass­ing day, new sto­ries are be­ing imparted, and unique ex­pe­ri­ences are be­ing made. In this fast-chang­ing world of rapid news con­sump­tion and ad­vanc­ing tech­nol­ogy, the con­tex­tual en­vi­ron­ment that al­lowed for such a story to take place may be lost to the winds of time, but their mes­sages carry on. that’s China has col­lected a range of dis­tinc­tive sto­ries picked from the minds of var­i­ous peo­ple who have ob­served trends, wit­nessed events and soaked in the rich cul­tural his­tory dur­ing their time in China. Some writ­ings may in­duce a gig­gle, cause a light-bulb mo­ment, or make you

nd con­sider the world around you, but all are per­sonal jour­neys on the soil of China. In par­tic­u­lar aca­demic and writer David P. Pur­nell has con­trib­uted a con­sid­er­able amount of wis­dom to this edi­tion. He draws on his many years of liv­ing and teach­ing in Bei­jing, study­ing in Tai­wan, and var­i­ous trav­el­ling trips he made across China, to retell an eclec­tic mix of true sto­ries.These rec­ol­lec­tions play out in all kinds of places, from a lo­cal post of­fice to a bustling train sta­tion in Zhengzhou. Whether you have ex­pe­ri­enced sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions, or have never wit­nessed such an oc­cur­rence, we hope you en­joy read­ing these widescop­ing sin­cere sto­ries about a vast coun­try.

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