• Journeyman's stories


    Liking it all is part of the trip, as one songwriter-turned-author tells Mike Peters.

  • Proud to return for second China stay


    The week after Merita Cuadari married young diplomat Kujtim Xhani in 1983, she left her home country Albania for the first time.

  • Expat consumes life in Chinese tea


    Obsessive viewing of martial-arts films as a teenager didn't turn Warren Peltier into a fighter-instead he became fascinated with tea, eventually moving to Fujian province to pursue his passion and write a book about the brew. Sun Li chats to the man who loves a cuppa.

  • Tracing Grandpa's dream


    The now-elderly descendants of 15 boys sent by the imperial Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) court to study in the United States some 140 years ago reminisce about what it meant. Wang Ru reports from Tangshan.

  • Mandarin for money or the joy of learning


    She comes across as shy and reserved at first - but when Victoria Zanello, 23, was on stage taking part in a Chinese proficiency competition in Montpellier, southern France, her confidence with the language and deep affection for Chinese literature was there for all to see.

  • A response to place


    From knitting to painting, Irish artist weaves her heritage and surroundings into her art, as Tracie Barrett discovers.