About

Chengdu Living is a blog about life in China and more specifically Chengdu: home of the pandas and capital of Sichuan Province.

We aim to capture and record the fascination and appreciation we have for Chinese culture and language – especially as it is found in Chengdu and Sichuan – and present it in a relevant way to readers around the world. Aside from striving to illuminate the quirky facets of life in Chengdu in blog posts, we also enjoy producing magazine style feature articles which delve further into issues that deal with China on a broader scale.

We’re here to share lessons we’ve learned in our time here, reflect on the issues important to Chengdu, and foster a community of readers and writers who share our fascination. Thanks for visiting and if you’d like to send us a note, don’t hesitate.

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Authors

Chengdu Living is authored by a handful of contributors who’ve cooperated to make the site as comprehensive as possible. Although we’re all American, we have very different backgrounds. Here you’ll find some basic information about who we are.

Charlie

Charlie Chengdu LivingBetween performing DJ gigs all across China, Charlie conceived of Chengdu Living in the summer of 2009. After several months of preparation, development and content production, the site went online on the first day of 2010.

Perennially assuming the role of a modern renaissance man, Charlie is a freelance graphic and web designer, touring DJ and founder of Chengdu’s monthly Disco Death (a breakthrough electronic music event for Western China). By day he’s a designer working in the Tianfu Software Park region in Chengdu.

Sascha

Sascha is a German-born American writer currently based in Shanghai.

He lived in Chongqing and Chengdu on an off for 10 years and made the trip up (and down) the Horse and tea Trade Route enough times to claim coolie status.

Eli

Eli Sweet, Chengdu LivingEli is an Atlanta-born rapper and Sinophile who has been living in Chengdu for over four years. He has toured China as a rapper and a costumed pirate and he once once swam across the Yangtze river in downtown Chongqing. He currently works in the logistics sector and makes hip hop music in his spare time.

Previous Contributors

Reed

Reed Riggs, Chengdu LivingReed has been working in China for six years. He’s spent the last several years growing his multi-language tutoring center through the ranks of small foreign language schools managed by foreigners. He’s been working for several years as a voice actor and as an agent for voiceover actors from all over the world. Reed is now studying toward a Masters degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, and is one of the most proficient Chinese speakers who we’ve come across in Chengdu. He’s been involved in Mandarin academically for over ten years. In his free time Reed enjoys what he calls his ’4R’s: recording, reading, writing and Rubik’s Cubes.

Elias

Elias Witman Chengdu LivingElias is an American writer who first came to  Chengdu in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake.  When he’s not juggling duties between international non-profit organizations, you’ll spot him slapping the bass in Jah Bar or on long-distance cycling treks. Having several pieces published in prominent indigenous rights and environmental publications, he’s now Chengdu Living’s foremost  environmental enthusiast.