Fall is here in Yangzhou, with the end of the desperate humidity and a change in the air that signals sweaters and breezes. My initial working contract will be up in a few weeks. My school has offered me a one-year or six-month extension, with a significantly higher salary for longer commitment periods. (They didn’t go for the one-month extension that would be ideal for me, unfortunately.)
Fall is also pomegranate season in Yangzhou, so I’m surrounded by pomegrante seeds in all directions, as I think about staying on or going home.