When this blog first started, Miranda was a 15-year-old foreign exchange student studying Mandarin in Changsha, Hunan, China. She attended the Tongshenghu International Experimental School and lived with the Xiao Family from August 2010 – January 2011.
Now she is a 23-year-old prospective elementary school English teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. She will be living with one of her Chinese exchange sisters, Ruiwen, who is a Guangzhou native.
She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2017 with a major in Sociology & Anthropology and minors in Asian Studies and Music. She has studied Mandarin since 2007.
Her hobbies and interests include songwriting, drawing, reading nonfiction, behavioral economics, ethnomusicology, and astrology.
Views expressed in blog posts from 2010 and 2011 may contain sentiments she no longer agrees with, but are kept intact for purposes of accurate reflection and representation of self-growth.