September 19, 2016

A Couple Of New Articles

Be sure to check out the newest 2 articles:
1. Third Culture Kids
2. Managing Shang-highs and Lows

The first article can be found here, and the second article is on page 52 in the September issue of Shanghai Family Magazine. Once the online version is published, I will post a direct link.

August 22, 2016

Culture Shock in Shanghai

Almost all expats experience culture shock at least to some degree.  Can you relate to any of the below pictured aspects of it?  If so and you’d like a little extra support as you adjust (or continue to adjust!), consider attending the Community Center Shanghai 123 new comers’ orientation or the CCS Open House this Friday.  I’ll be at both and would love to meet you – be sure to come introduce yourself to me if you do attend!

August 1, 2016

Shanghai 123

New to Shanghai or just never attended a Shanghai 123?  Below is information on the upcoming SH123 sessions.  These are free and are a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, make connections, get involved, and learn a little about what you might experience during your time here as well as tips and resources to make your life here a little smoother and easier.


I’ll be speaking at the Pudong SH123 sessions on August 6 (this Saturday!), September 24, and October 15, so if you attend one of these dates, be sure to introduce yourself – I’d love to meet you!  Best wishes as you begin or continue your journey here.


About Shanghai 123


Shanghai 123 is a grassroots initiative led by the local international community. Designed for individuals and families during their most critical period-with less than 6 months experience in Shanghai, Shanghai 123 is a free half-day orientation showcasing community volunteer talent who talk about common challenges, answer questions, and provide practical resources and tips. A light breakfast, lunch, and childcare for children 2-12 years old is provided free of charge.


Launched in 2008 with the help of Michelle Wright, an expat from the USA, the idea grew organically as an initiative recognizing the need for a not-for-profit, non-partisan platform for sharing resources and tips. Relying 100% on excellent speakers and clear messages/lessons, the program grew to form what we proudly call Shanghai 123, bringing the international community the basics of what is needed for a soft landing in Shanghai.


Community Center Shanghai and Parkyard Hotel cordially invite you to attend the Newcomers’ Party on Saturday, October 22. Enjoy a free luncheon and connect with other new arrivals.

Address: 699 Bi Bo Lu, Zhang Jiang, Pudong


Where and When


At our three center locations in Pudong, Hongqiao and Minhang – Saturdays, from 9:00-12:30

Pudong Hongqiao Minhang
Aug 6 Aug 13 Aug 20
Aug 26 (Friday) Sept 17 Oct 22
Sept 24 Jan 13 (Friday) Jan 14
Oct 15

Downtown Puxi

Jan 21

Jan 20 (Friday)


What is Covered


Adjusting to your new environment, culture shock

• Air and water concerns plus food safety

• How to navigate the medical system

• Workplace challenges and finding work/life balance

• Resources, opportunities, supporting spouse topics

• Internet, mobile phones, satellite TV, and more!

July 25, 2016

Feeling It In Shanghai

Welcome to Shanghai for those of you who are newly arrived and welcome back for those of you who are returning! How do I even begin to capture all the feelings you might be experiencing? Emotions and responses to life here are as varied as each unique expat here, depending on countless factors such as personality, past experiences, and current life circumstances. Thus, it’s almost impossible to try to make an exhaustive list of the range of emotions you may feel. I thought it might be helpful though to try to summarize at least a few of the common feelings associated with the Shanghai experience, so here’s what I came up with. See if you can relate.


On good days On tough days
Satisfied Sad
Happy Homesick
Accomplished Annoyed
Nurtured Nervous
Grateful Giant*
Hopeful Helpless
Active Angry
Involved Isolated


*I realize that giant isn’t typically an emotion, but trust me when I say that it is something that many of us here feel at least on occasion!


Of course, reality is that days here are rarely as straight-forward, linear, and simple as either of these acrostics. More likely, you will experience a mixture of emotions from each list on any given day (or hour!) and that’s perfectly okay and normal. Remember to be patient with yourself and remember that even though we are all very different, we’re still all in this together. Let others celebrate with you on the good days and help support you on the not so good days – and be sure to be available to do this for those around you too! If you find yourself struggling with negative or challenging feelings, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Best wishes whether you are just starting or continuing your journey here!