The Oyster Pail

'The Oyster Pail' is an expatriate's take on Shanghai life. Expect candid dialogue and sincere reflection, set to the backdrop of this unique city.
'The Oyster Pail' is an expatriate's take on Shanghai life. Expect candid dialogue and sincere reflection, set to the backdrop of this unique city.
Dear Santa: a word about your performance - China Opinion
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Dear Santa: a word about your performance

Santa, I need to go home. Not forever, god no! Just for a bit.
Christmas miracle: Gifts from Shanghai's inspiring entrepreneurs - China Opinion
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Christmas miracle: Gifts from Shanghai's inspiring entrepreneurs

Swapping sock-shaped bags full of gifts is the best bit of Christmas morning. Here are a few stocking fillers under 200 yuan, made by some of Shanghai's inspiring entrepreneurs.
A very British Thanksgiving in Shanghai - China Opinion
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A very British Thanksgiving in Shanghai

Next week is Thanksgiving. As a Brit, the fourth Thursday in November means as much to me as any other date. But it matters to many people in our international community.
Seriously, shut up about your first-world issues - China Opinion
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Seriously, shut up about your first-world issues

Mankind (and its misery) being split into three dates to the 1950s. Until now I've found the phrase kind of funny. But lately, I've got several problems with first-world issues.
Why letting go feels really good - China Opinion
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Why letting go feels really good

When people find the power to behave gracefully toward unthinkable acts, surely I can excuse menial crimes like being picked on or dumped via text.
Why didn't you just leave? The question killing victims of domestic abuse - China Opinion
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Why didn't you just leave? The question killing victims of domestic abuse

With domestic abuse, there's one question that stands out: Why didn't you just leave? I spoke with a survivor; the smartest, strongest, most inspiring person I know: my mom.
Look at me (looking at you) (looking at me): Time to let go of toxic comparison - China Opinion
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Look at me (looking at you) (looking at me): Time to let go of toxic comparison

Cycling down Nanchang Road, I saw her: 5ft'something of intense gorgeousness rarely found in the real world. She was beautiful. She was powerful. She was perfect.
Fear in the community: A terrifying tale of The Oyster Pail girl - China Opinion
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Fear in the community: A terrifying tale of The Oyster Pail girl

We're back from a seasonal break, and while privileged to be here, I'm also in a tricky position. Failure frightens me. What about you?
Those that can: the carefree life of teachers - China Opinion
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Those that can: the carefree life of teachers

Teachers aren't superhuman; they're just another form of life. Nevertheless, the good ones do everything in their power to make a sincere difference in the lives of their students.
Beyond the pail: Here's what I haven't told you - China Opinion
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Beyond the pail: Here's what I haven't told you

How Chinese is Chinese when it comes in a Western box?
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