After four years in China (old deco apartment, hoarding maple syrup and Tom's fennel toothpaste, biking through third tier cities and country roads) I moved to Colorado for grad school, then spent 2012 back in Shanghai - mostly chasing three-wheeled carts piled high with plastic bottles and old wood. I'm writing an ethnography of migrant folks and informal recycling. I'm a cultural geographer, so I see the world as weird, beautiful, diverse, and not doomed. Teaching is my favorite part of being an academic. My favorite part of research is shooting the breeze with Chinese aunties who don't sugarcoat NUTHIN!
In Colorado I pull weeds and snip eggplants for a farmshare in Lyons, keep busy connecting with family and appreciating my friends, and spend my free time outside.
Learning the enneagram types (dyed in the wool type seven) has made me even more curious and outgoing around people. It's fun being a little bower bird on okcupid. Mindfulness and living in the present are challenges I like... finding that sweet spot between being broke with expensive taste and totally evolving as a human. Oh word?