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.

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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#Chinese Year of #Sheep, #Ram or #Goat: What Will 2015 Bring?

Many of you educated readers know that in the West you have twelve zodiac signs in a yearly cycle. Yes, there are a number of animals in the Western horoscope, and it begins with a Ram, myself a proud, fiery … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Freelance #Interpreting, Goodbye, Xuanwei Zhang!

Dear Dr Kirk, Hope this email finds you well. I have a request to supply a Mandarin interpreter for Warwick Crown Court, to assist witness to give evidence on the 8th of January 2015. Can you please let me know … Continue reading

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#Confessions of An #AsylumSeeker: “My Life is Shit” (Part Two)

One of my earliest memories was my parents’ arguing about whether or not I should be sent to school. My father, the eldest of 10 children, never had a chance for literacy. He had to help out in the family … Continue reading

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