The Road to Shanghai

How did I get to moving to Shanghai? I blame it on George Michael and WHAM. It was 1985, WHAM was big and the first Western band allowed to play in China.  I remember the video for Freedom and seeing China and found it fascinating for up until the mid 1980s very few places in China were open to foreigner visitors and here is George and Andrew in China! If George can play China, so will I! Well, that is not how entirely how it went but it sounds good in the post, right?

A favorite movie of mine is Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell). To quote Auntie Mame, “you have to live, live, live, life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death”. I try to adapt this motto to my life.

Todd and I love to travel! We  visited China in 2007 and again in 2009. The history (5,000 years worth), the culture, people are wonderful! It is a booming country so much is going on.  We said if we could live any place in the world, China would be top on the list.

We reached out to friends, family, and colleagues  and shared our interest in opportunities in China and the reasons why. I didn’t mention the bit about WHAM at this point in time, but I did on my one of my recent interviews with the folks in China. I really think it is what got me the job. Anyway back on the Road.. I was told of a new business my organization was starting up in China that teaches Chinese children English. There are currently 10 centers in Shanghai and 5 in Beijing and has a plan for rapid growth through out China.  My resume was passed to the team in China and I had a phone interview, unfortunately at the time there were no positions available but they said they would keep my resume on file. How many times have we heard or said that one? Well it was true! They meant it and did keep it for over a year later, I received an email asking if I was still interested in opportunities in China. That was June 2010. I looked on the web site to see what positions were posted (you too can look at the site for jobs if interested) and I didn’t see anything of too much interest… however when I was sent the job description for the role, it was perfect!

I am going to be leading the training team for the organization, located in the corporate office in Shanghai.

In Auntie Mame, Mame  makes her mousy assistant, Agnes Gooch sub for her at a party, she doesn’t want to go to.  Agnes comes back early in the AM and a little disheveled. Mame asks her, “Agnes, What happened?!” Agnes replies, “I lived”. Here I go, living this experience.

Signing the contract


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jeff noel
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 21:36:52

    Great story.
    Seriously. 🙂


  2. Paige McCalmon
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 16:36:39

    So happy for you – this is right up your alley!


  3. Colleen Gaier
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 19:32:55

    Congratulations on your upcoming move to CHINA! You go girl! I look forward to visiting you in China if the opportunity presents itself. Will you be able to keep up your Facebook account in China? Pls keep in touch with the TAHEA group or individually. What is a good email address? I am very happy for you and soon Todd!

    Colleen Gaier
    Excellence in Travel


    • Rebecca
      Aug 24, 2010 @ 21:04:59

      Thanks Colleen! I hope you make it over. My emails will stay the same and I am going to try my best to keep FB up. We will stay in touch!


  4. Maurice Morris
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 08:22:27

    Hi Rebecca,

    I read your blog at least once a week and I feel like I’m reading Irma Bombeck!! I really do enjoy them.

    Mary’s mother passed away last night. Mary has been with her for the past 10 days. From her e-mail it sounded like a memorial mass will be held sometime in November. However, no final arrangements have been made. She lost her father about the same time last year.

    Adam and I are doing fine. Only 7 more months and he will be out of nursing school. It has been a very rough road financially, so I pray to God every night to let me live long enough to see a paycheck for Adam!!!

    Miss ya!



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