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China’s “Xinghun” Phenomenon: Sham Marriages to Keep up Appearances

China’s “Xinghun” Phenomenon: Sham Marriages to Keep up Appearances

A man and a woman meet through mutual friends and go on a blind date. Before getting married, they discuss children and the care of elderly parents. Sounds like a typical Chinese rite of passage, only that in this case, a gay man weds a lesbian. This is Xinghun (形婚) – China's version of gay marriage. Literally a marriage of formality, Xinghuns are undertaken by homosexuals desperate to throw persistent parents off-track. Prior to Xinghuns, gay men took heterosexual wives or Tongqi (同妻, crudely translated as “homowives”) to keep up appearances in largely conservative China. <... Read More>>
Top Tips for Preparing for a Dream Job Interview

Top Tips for Preparing for a Dream Job Interview

After job searching for god knowns how long, you’ve finally landed an interview with the dployer of your dreams. It’s all up to you now, #NoPressure! Before you even step foot in the panic room, however, here are some top tips for preparing for an all-important interview.  

Do Your Research

Spending even just a bit of time researching your potential dployer will make a huge difference in the interview, and the more you do the better. Read the website so you fully understand the company’s function and voice; scourer their social media so you know their culture and promotional strategy; and read... Read More>>
Types of Expats You May Not Meet in China Anymore

Types of Expats You May Not Meet in China Anymore

I came across a fun article on '12 Types of Expats You'll Definitely Meet in China' http://space.echinacities.com/1626450/blog/spacenodedetail/5300
I disagreed with some of the 'types' but mainly because I felt they were describing 'phases' or simply negative characteristics that anyone might express to some degree.... Read More>>