Hi. I’m Becky, an American girl living and working in China since 2009. I played badminton as a backyard sport, but, like most Americans didn’t know much about it. Even after living in Hangzhou, China for five years, it stayed off my radar. Then I moved to Xiamen, China and started to play weekly with a group of friends in 2015. My interest grew, as did my desire to improve and learn more about this sport.
Some things you should know about me:
I hate hot weather (yet, live in a tropical zone)
I hate sweating (yet soak a sweatband in about an hour)
I’ve never excelled at any sport in my life
I’m learning to play badminton totally in Chinese (my non-native language)
I found a real passion with badminton, so much so that I found a top coach and now have lessons once a week in addition to playing about 5 times a week. Basically, I’m obsessed.
This blog is about my journey from badminton newbie to gaoshou, which means expert in Chinese. Luckily I have very little shame and will share every embarrassing and awkward moment of my journey on this blog. I promise there will be plenty. If you are a badminton fan too, join me as we work to improve ourselves. If you are a badminton expert, feel free to laugh at my terrible terminology, misunderstandings of everything, and tomfoolery. Then tell me how to do better.
This blog also will focus solely on badminton. If you are interested in what life is like in China please check out my other blog: Writer. Traveler. Tea Drinker. If you have any questions or any advice for me, please contact me: chinabecky(at)gmail(dot)com