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.

Watching a Solar #Eclipse in England’s #Birmingham

At 9.20 am on Friday, 20th of March 2015, armed with a boxful of biscuits, chocolates and sweets, I made my way from University House to Parkside, a couple of blocks away within Birmingham City University’s city centre campus. I … Continue reading

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My Second Liebster #Blog Award and My Favourite #Reads

A few days ago, I received a notification on my blog which says “Happy Anniversary” to me. On clicking it open, I found out why. Apparently, I started blogging exactly four years ago in March. It’s a bit of a … Continue reading

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My British and Chinese Mothers: Two Different Lives

            While browsing through posts by friends on social media, i.e. Facebook and Chinese equivalent WeChat, as I usually do first thing in the morning, one post caught my eye: 中国老人抱怨儿子儿媳不孝顺,英国老人说的一段话让所有人沉默了…. To roughly translate into … Continue reading

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The Amazing #Art of #Food and #Fruit

Many people know that there are three essential elements in Chinese cuisine, namely, vibrant colours, aromatic flavours and mouthwatering tastes. Yes, it does not have to be Chinese food that has these main characteristics – all gourmet food, French, Italian, … Continue reading

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