Mark - The Man

I am often asked many questions. So here are my answers...

Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from the USA. Specifically, Phoenix, Arizona. Home of the Phoenix Suns Basketball Team!

Q: Have long have you been to China?
A: I first arrived in China on May 27th, 2005. And I am still here! So you can calculate how long from that date.

Mark in Gong Fu Action Stance Q: Where have you been to in China?
A: Datong, Pingyao, Taiyuan, Xian, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xianggang, and Beijing!

Q: Do you like Chinese food?
A: Yes, Chinese food is good, sometimes a little too oily though. My favorite dish is xiaocongban-doufu.

Q: Why did you come to China?
A: First I was attracted to China because its history and culture seemed so mysterious and beautiful. I was also interested in how Chinese people think, philosophically speaking, because they seem very different from Americans. Later, I saw how China has opened up and started to develop economically. It seemed China was a very exciting place to be and that attracted me even more. So finally I decided I had to go!

Q: How long will you be in China?
A: I think I will stay in China at least 3 years. After that I don't know. I miss Hawaii and the ocean so maybe I can go back there someday.

Q: Don't you miss your family? Won't you go back to see them?
A: Of course I miss them! I miss them alot! Once I have the financial resources and time, I plan on going back to visit them for sure.

Q: What do you think of China?
A: Of course I like China, otherwise I wouldn't be here! The best thing about China is the Chinese people. In general, I like how I have met so many passionate and friendly people. Though I may disagree with some people sometimes, I appreciate that many people have strong views and beliefs. I am a little disappointed with how people throw their trash on the street, but I believe that it will get better with everyone's effort. Actually, I have seen Americans litter too, but not as much. I do feel pretty safe in China as far as crime, but I do have to be careful about not paying too much when I go shopping.

Mark in another exciting Gong Fu Action Stance Q: Do you like Chinese girls?
A: Yeah, of course. Everyday I see lots of beautiful Chinese girls, without a doubt. In general, I like girls who have long hair, nice skin, a healthy figure, and are affectionate.

Q: How long have you studied Chinese?
A: I studied Chinese for two and a half years in the US. I took courses on the Chinese Language, Chinese Literature in Translation, Chinese Cultural History, Buddhism, and a special course on Lu Xun.

Q: Do you work?
A: Currently, I teach English part time (only 12 hours a week!). I have my own business, mainly doing proofreading right now. I hope in the future to do more business online, international trade and finance. I am currently doing my best to uncover good opportunities that seem interesting and that I can throw my energy into. The reason I enjoy working for myself is because I got sick of working for others and no development. One of the great things I have experienced when coming to China, has been being able to work for myself, being my own boss, and having a feeling that I am growing and developing something special.