Author Archives: Junying Kirk

About Junying Kirk

I came to Britain from China in 1988. I have worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher, professional interpreter/translator and cultural consultant. Currently working as an International Partnerships Manager in a large UK university, I enjoy reading, writing, sampling a variety of yummy foods, travelling the world and blogging about my adventures :). My 'Journey to the West' trilogy - 'The Same Moon', 'Trials of Life' and 'Land of Hope' are available on Amazon (both on Kindle and paperbacks), Smashwords and iBook. I live in Birmingham, UK with my husband.

Shuichi Yoshida’s Villain: #CrimeFiction at Its Best and a Kaleidoscope of Modern #Japanese Society

“Crimes as serious as murder should have strong emotions behind them.”  – George Orwell Crime fiction, especially the Nordic Noir type, has been my favourite genre of reading for a number of years. Every time I go to a book … Continue reading

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Cultural Clashes in the Classroom: #Chinese Teachers vs #British Pupils

How many of you watched the BBC three part documentary “Are Our Kids Tough Enough”? How did you find it? The first two parts were shown in the previous two weeks and the final part will be shown this week. … Continue reading

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Cultural #Etiquette for the Chinese: Tipping in the #UK

During a recent cultural awareness training workshop for a group of Chinese engineers and managers, I was asked a great number of interesting questions, one of which was how and where to tip in the UK. One participant was particularly … Continue reading

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#Food Porn: Do You #Photograph Your Food?

About six years ago, I invited a few BCU students to our home and I made a number of mouth-watering dishes, as usual with a strong Sichuan flavour, hot and spicy. I remember a Malaysian Chinese student Susana who took … Continue reading

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