An American dream in China.
“I want to live in the US for the rest of my life,” says David Lee, a 37-year-old engineer from Brooklyn who has lived in Beijing for the past six years.
Lee has worked at a number of tech companies and startups in China, including Skype, which he co-founded with his wife, Lauren.
The couple opened up a small office in Beijing’s central business district last year, where they have been building a business plan for the next four years.
In addition to working as a software engineer, Lee is a teacher and the owner of a small, family-run craft brewery in the city.
He also works for a local business that builds artworks for the city, which is home to some of China’s best museums.
Lee says he has a passion for art, which may explain why he is attracted to China.
“China has such a beautiful culture, so I feel like it’s the perfect place to live,” he says.
“I’m not going to be able to afford a big city if I want to.”
Lee’s first trip to China was in 2015 to visit his wife and kids.
His family still lives in Brooklyn, where Lee works as a barber.
But the last time Lee and his wife went to China, they were staying at a resort and had to rent an apartment, so they went to a hostel for a month to try and save money.
After a week of looking for a hostlet, Lee says the hostel offered to rent the house and get his wife back to the US.
So, he booked a two-bedroom apartment in Beijing.
“I thought, ‘Well, I’ll go back and try to get the place up and running again,'” he says, noting that he also booked a trip to the mainland to visit family.
But the trip to Beijing did not go well.
In the end, he was only able to rent a one-bedroom in the Mandarin-language city of Wuhan for one month, and he had to go back to Brooklyn to get his parents back.
While he has not been back to China since then, Lee said he still wants to travel to China once he returns.
The United States is the country he loves the most, he says: “There’s a lot of things that I love about the United States.”