Expatriate Blogs: An Online Community

Yao Xu writes in the US-China Today:

Meet “SHE in China,” your resource to the country, even if she doesn’t know it. If you’re new to China, this blog details everything from daily matters such as Chinese etiquette to bigger concerns like preparing foreigners for the Beijing Olympics.

“When I moved to China I wanted to keep some sort of journal of my experiences—as living in China proved very different to the other countries where I lived before,” said Jonna Wibelius, the blogger of “SHE [Seen, Heard, Experienced] in China.” “And at the same time, I wanted to share my stories with friends and family, so blogging felt like a natural choice.”

Not until a few years ago did blogging become popular in China. The include a wide array of topics and entertainment, from the best parties in Shenzhen to “I Spy Shanghai’s” Shoe Fridays, in which expatriate James from England posts pictures of the most interesting and unique shoe sightings in China.

For most, blogging begins as the most obvious and convenient way for expatriates to keep in touch with family and friends. But once many of these expats arrive in China, they find something more. When asked why they chose to reside in China or why they chose to create a blog dedicated to their experiences there, the answer for many expatriates is the same: China is just too fascinating not to.

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