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China Politics The Netherlands

Lantern Festival

When I was a kid, my mother would string Chinese lanterns through our Christmas tree. There were maybe a dozen of those little white lights, each one painted and tasseled. I think they blinked, too. I remember sitting in front of that tree celebrating my very own lantern festival. Traditionally, Chinese lanterns are made with […]

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Amsterdam Politics The Netherlands

The Low Countries

When I moved to the Netherlands, my Dutch husband and I had just married. I promised to stick it out for a year. He promised, if I still hated Amsterdam, to go back to the States.  My husband did all he could to prepare me for the transition. He gave me books to read before […]