I went to China in 1984 to teach English for a year–or so I thought. Obviously my sojourn has had a duration and scope that I never imagined when I first arrived.
I have lived in three different cities in China: Zhengzhou, Changchun, and Beijing (for the past 12 years). I have worn many hats: English Teacher; student of Chinese language; Chinese language program director; Language/culture learning coach; and more recently Consultant.
My roots span the globe. I was born and raised in Pakistan, where my father worked as a professor. My US drivers license is issued in Minnesota, the state where I went to high school and college, where my extended family still lives, and where I now reside. Fortunately I get to travel to China a couple of times per year.
I help people prepare for and navigate the challenges of cross-cultural living through writing, speaking, and training.
I am also a Senior Associate at ChinaSource, doing research and writing on contemporary China.
I am the author of “Survival Chinese Lessons”
Mostly, I am a life-long learner–hopefully of EVERYTHING!