The Culture Shock Diaries #001

千里之行,始於足下 – A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

I have been in China for nearly 8 months. I am currently going through what many expats call ‘culture shock’ or a crisis of feeling stressed and upset about being in the Middle Kingdom and away from home. For me, this seems to have been slightly delayed (Usually this comes 4-6 months in), but this may be due to returning to the U.K. for a month in my time here. ( I am currently in the irritability phase of the picture above. Even as I write this I have steamy eyes.)

This Blog and my Vlog have been extremely neglected (I will explain later why), however, today in the midst of my despair, I feel it important to follow the Chinese proverb above. One step at a time, one post at a time working towards finishing this long race on earth (2 Tim 4:7).

I want to focus this Blog and my Vlog more on my faith. Tim Challies daily blog has been of great help to me and I feel that being a Christian, Black, Student, Londoner (and what ever label that is applicable) in the PRC has given me some unique lessons, that I would love to share that may help others veer clear of some mistakes I made. I doubt I can reach Tim’s level of consistency, but I will never know unless I try.

Blessings, Peace and Love

Akwasi Appiah

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