I am Janet Williams, an academic, a mother and a wife in a foreign land, in the southeast of England, UK.
English is not my mother tongue. I speak and write it as a second language. You may find some odd grammatical errors, but they are not intentional. For example, I don’t seem to be able to use ‘a, an, the’ in the right place. Sometimes singular or plural nouns also baffle me. I write ‘he’ when I meant ‘she’ sometimes.
This blog covers stories of my life before the UK and my life after living in the UK since 1996. It covers my searching of my identity, and my thoughts on history, languages and cross cultures.
My most popular post on this blog is Am I British enough? Many people told me they are touched by this post, Born as an outsider. My Letters from China series about my mother’s strength is a microcosm of the Chinese migration history in the last century. The Chin Peng series unveils hidden stories in the lush jungle of Malaya during the Malayan Emergency. You can find out all my posts in this categorised Table of Contents page.
Janet’s Notebook also reflects my love affairs with WordPress, and how my life has been enriched and transformed with WordPress through this brilliantly supportive and engaging community.
- If you can read Chinese, you can find me on a Chinese blog called 英国琐记, which recorded my life in the UK since 2008.
- My 12-year-old son has also got a blog. He is
quite funnyabsolutely hilarious! Welcome to Ben Williams’ World!
- I have a small collection of stories in a small storytelling community called Cowbird. I love stories.
Thank you for stopping by.