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5 Things I’ve Learned About China That I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Jun 24, 2016 Comments(25)

I recently celebrated my three-year anniversary here in China and it prompted a fair amount of soul searching. I started to wonder what I’d learned from my time here in China and what I wished I could have told myself three years ago. Read more>>

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