Jennifer Harvey's Shared Stories

Welcome! I am a freelance writer from Minnesota, USA, and I enjoy meeting people of all cultures. One of my other pleasures is taking long walks with my husband, especially in Hangzhou's idyllic surroundings. In this column, I will share my observations and experiences as a Jamaican-American living in China.

Contact the columnist(s): jenniferharvey.sharedstories@gmail.com

Ode to my Xiao

Jan 17, 2011

It's that time of year once again to make my New Year's Resolutions – that is, vowing to accomplish a specific goal this year. I resolve to learn to play my xiao. I readily admit this is as ambitious a resolution...


A Birthday Celebration

Nov 3, 2010 | Author: Jennifer Harvey

In less than a month, I'll celebrate my birthday. As a child, my family has always regarded my birthday as a very special day; for example, every year up to age 13, my aunt had birthday greetings announced on a local...


My Friend Jane

Oct 13, 2010 | Author: Jennifer Harvey

Jane Zhu has many friends in Hangzhou. She is the gracious hostess and owner of the Innocent Age Book Bar, originally on Wensan Road, now on Baoshi Hill overlooking West Lake. She is known and respected for her many...


A day at Banshan Park

Sep 29, 2010 | Author: Jennifer Harvey

On a clear day recently, my friends and I savored three of Hangzhou's beauties. One, travelling by waterbus; two Gaoting Mountain in the town of Banshan in Gongshu District in the northeast of Hangzhou; and three,...


Fellowship at Hangzhou International Christian Fellowship

Sep 27, 2010 | Author: Jennifer Harvey

"Tell us one thing you are thankful for," the religious leader instructed. "Raise your hand." Hands were raised, and each one's testimony was louder and more confident than the previous speaker's. "I am thankful...


Where is the WC?

Sep 14, 2010 | Author: Jennifer Harvey

Almost every foreigner who visits China has a toilet story, that is, a story about their experiences using a public restroom. Admittedly, certain stories reveal the narrator's na?veté, and a few even border on cultural...


Repairing my Old Tote Bag

Aug 25, 2010 | Author: Jennifer Harvey

Last week, I came across an old canvas tote in the basement of my home in the US where I'm spending my summer vacation. "Oh, one of my favorite bags. I'll take this back with me!" I exclaimed. My glee was short...


Dialogue with a master graduate in art

Jun 22, 2010 | Author: Jennifer Harvey

Yin Shuangyi, called Lily, is a 2010 graduate of China Academy of Art with a Master's degree of Fine Arts from the Department of Public Art. Lily also completed her undergraduate studies at China Academy of Art (The...


Good Samaritans save the day

Jun 22, 2010 | Author: Jennifer Harvey

In a city the size of Hangzhou with its population of 6.4 million, one would presume that when a personal item is lost, it's lost forever. Not so. It would also be logical to presume that if a lost item is found,...


Foreigners are introduced to Zongzis and Dragon Boat Festival

Jun 12, 2010 | Author: Jennifer Harvey

On Saturday, June 5, City Express Culture Club introduced a lively gathering of approximately forty Hangzhou international and local residents to the city of Jiaxing and the Duanwu culture, otherwise known as Dragon...


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