International Moving Quotes

Expats facing smog in China is a recurring theme in articles all over the web. This article in the Los Angeles Times about American expats leaving Beijing due to the pollution levels, however, really grabbed my attention:

After nearly two decades in Beijing, David Wolf knew it was time for a change when his 11-year-old son, Aaron, somberly asked him, “Dad, when you were growing up, did you ever have PE outdoors?”

Wolf had grown up in smog-choked Los Angeles in the 1970s, but even that wasn’t nearly as bad as Beijing today. His son, like many young students in the city, has been kept inside for months, with the luckier children getting the chance to exercise under huge air-filtered domes that their international schools have built.

Worse than Los Angeles in the ’70s? Air filtered domes? Good lord… This reads like a dystopian science-fiction novel.


  1. The air in Costa Rica is very bad now. Im trying to find out about Nicaragua. I believe Lake Chapala is good and ofcourse Uruguay………..Small Minds Talk About Other People, A Big Mind Speaks of Things That Are or Will Be…………..

    Comment by Rick — July 5, 2013 @ 8:30 am
  2. There is a large part of Mexico City where Americans live. What is the name of that are?

    Comment by Linda — July 6, 2013 @ 4:19 pm
  3. Yeah its horrible; as an expat living here i can say and advise to others, if you want to come to China go to Shanghai its much nicer air quality. Its a real shame, and to think that a lot of their sports events are held in Beijing like the ATP China Open, LPGA competition, Tour of Beijing (UCI leg for professional cycling), and back in 2008 the Olympic’s; and China’s Olympic Training Centres are in Beijing where all their athletes train. In the smog and pollution, its not so good. Lung cancer from extreme inhalation could surely occur in the future, time will only tell.

    Comment by Shane H — October 5, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

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