To the Consulate

30 May 2005

Dear American Consulate in Shanghai:

This Thursday a Chinese girl will have an interview for a visa to visit the United States. She will explain to you that she’s my girlfriend, and she would just like to visit my family with me in Florida this summer. It’s the truth. She’ll have a mountain of evidence as to why both she and I plan to stay in Shanghai. It’s all legit. My entrance exam for grad school at East China Normal University here in Shanghai is this Friday.

Just on the off chance that you or your friends read this blog, I’d just like to let you know that I have years of entries full of reasons as to why I’ll be staying in Shanghai. “To Stay” strikes me as particularly relevant. However, my girlfriend can’t take my website in with her.

So, State Department person… just on the off chance that you see this before her interview, please don’t be cruel.

Update: She got it!

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

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