Around these parts, I go by the name Zhou. Yes, that is a pseudonym. No, I’m not Chinese. Yes, I am aware that the name of this blog is a lame ass pun. Just go with it.
Despite a normal and happy suburban American childhood, my world view was altered to its core by moving into the post industrial nightmare, the city of Detroit, at 18. Falling in love with the Motor City came at a high price, namely exposure to both the inspiring and the horrific on a daily basis. Fortunately, living for more than a decade in the ruins of empire was a perfect primer for life in China. Living in the rise of empire is much like living in the ruins of empire – messy, interesting and always changing – only with a lot more money and no threat of gun violence.
I first started visiting the Middle Kingdom way back in 2006 and was hooked instantly. After 5 years of planning my escape from America (not Detroit), I finally moved to China in 2011. I’ve lived in Suzhou ever since and love it. I’m interested in the every day struggles of people, exploring the human condition, the expat experience, cooking and the cultural and social changes of modernizing China.
Let’s see something new.