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June 2016 Issue | by Lilja Saeboe

Don’t Fence Me In

If nature is a right in Norway, it is an industry in China

June 2016 Issue | by Jozette Allan

Tricks of the Trade

Surely the mics we were wearing would pick up the sound of me singing complete gobbledegook?

May 2016 Issue | by Madara Rudzite

The ABCs of Queuing

Waiting in line is not a time to pull out a novel or indulge in Candy Crush

May 2016 Issue | by Sarah-Jayne Carver

Getting To Know You

A discussion about housing prices developed into an explanation of what had happened to her husband

April 2016 Issue | by David Green

An Uphill Struggle

There was a chance we would not make it before the first snowfall rendered access to the mountain even more perilous.

April 2016 Issue | by Lilja Saeboe

The Three Stages of Celebrity

I suddenly caught sight of the crowd of people standing behind my friend also taking pictures of me, without asking. Suddenly, the adoring fans had become the paparazzi.

March 2016 Issue | by Joe Coroneo-Seaman

The Wheel Deal

It was the kind of scene one might come across in Brussels or Paris – in short, the very last thing I expected to see in Hangzhou.

March 2016 Issue | by Jessica Chang

For the Record

One book full of “English idioms” made me say that two fathers meeting at a college orientation “pressed their flesh” together.

February 2016 Issue | by Anitra Williams

Tummy Trouble

Knowing how much international hospitals cost without good insurance, I went to the local military hospital

February 2016 Issue | by Madara Rudzite

Found in Translation

Somehow, in my mind at least, the word “fuwuyuan” is redolent with all the frustrations that many in China’s service industry gleefully inflict on their customers

Illustration by Liu Xiaochao

January 2016 Issue | by Madara Rudzite

Cloud Breakers

I have a suspicion that officials are quite pleased at being seen as having dominion over the weather

Illustration by Liu Xiaochao

January 2016 Issue | by Jozette Allan

Wedding Crashers

Despite my swollen feet being several sizes too large, I managed to squeeze them into her dainty slippers

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