About Us

We hope to live, work, and raise our family in China. In 2006 we finished up M.A.s in Intercultural Studies while teaching English in Taiwan. Then after draining our bank account studying Chinese for two years in Tianjin, we got jobs and made some babies. As of Fall 2012 we live in Qingdao, where Joel works as a preschool rockstar. And we’ve been blogging the whole thing.

Us -- Qingdao, February 2014

China Hope Live

This coping mechanism masquerading as a digital scrapbook gives you a window into our experiences as a Canadian/American couplefamily trying to live into and love — and some days just survive — China. It shows us discovering and slowly learning to understand Chinese people, culture and society on personal level.

You can reach us on the blog or through e-mail:

  • jessica [at]
  • joel [at]

Us -- Qingdao, December 2012
Us -- Tianjin, September 2010