This is me:
My name is Becky Ances and I am a writer, traveler, and tea drinker. I am a former magazine editor, current book author and teacher living in China. I spent 10 idyllic years in a small New Hampshire town until the call of the road was too loud to ignore. I never had any special draw towards China, but I realized I could teach English here and make money for my true passion: traveling. I came for a 6-month lark. That was in 2009. I haven’t left since. Something about the culture and the people attracted me in ways my home country never did.
I lived in Lin’an, near Hangzhou for 5 years before moving to my current home of Xiamen. I’m also single and happily date Chinese guys which I write about from time to time.
Never one to be content sitting at home bored, I am a pretty active person trying to meet as many people as possible and explore as many places as I can and interpret it all through my blog. There’s too much misunderstanding between the West and China, and I hope to bring a unique perspective and hopefully a bit of understanding to it all.
I’ve also recently become an athlete! I fell in love with badminton and have spent the past few years training and playing the sport, all in Chinese! It has opened up a while new world of friends and events and unexpected adventures. Since I don’t want to bore everyone with badminton all the time, I started a new blog at www.badmintonbecky.com. Please go there to check out all the hilarious missteps of an American middle-aged woman trying to become a competitive badminton player.
Got a question for me? Write me an e-mail at chinabecky(at)gmail(dot)com.
Interviews and guest posts at other places around the web:
NPR interview on Only a Game!
The Badminton Podcast
Expat Finder Interview about the life of an expat
Featured as a Case Study on Rolf Potts Vagabonding
Radio Interview on China Plus (CRI)
Featured as a Must Know Expat Blogger at Sublime China.
WWAM of the Month at WWAMBAM.com
Guest post at Linda Living in the East: Learning a Language the Sexy Way
Podcast with Stefan McCormick at brainstormlanguages.com. I talked so much he made it into two episodes: Part one and part two.
Interview with me over at Travis Lee’s blog: Interview with Becky Ances
Interview at Way Away
Interview at Expat Focus