Joyce Stauffer

Joyce Stauffer lived and worked in various cities in China for over 30 years. She returned to her roots in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania just over a year ago. She juggles various responsibilities and jobs as she continues to adjust to life in the USA. And she blogs at

Blog Entries

Caring for Elderly Parents in China

Through the Eyes of an American

"Faithful love in action" as Chinese adult children care for their aging parents.

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Navigating the Complexities of Giving and Receiving Gifts

“Fresh off the boat,” an old phrase referring to new arrivals, described me well in 1983 as I began my new life as an overseas worker in Hong Kong. Being quite naïve about Chinese culture, I was excited to hear from my colleagues that I would receive a beautiful silk jacket from our Chinese co-workers as they had in years past. And during Chinese festivals I would receive other special gifts and be invited to delicious banquets—it all sounded wonderful to me!

Blog Entries

The Ache

A long-time worker in China shares what it is like to return "home."