Emily Steele Jackson lives with her husband and two kids in southern China, where naps are expected but toilet paper in public restrooms is not. She has learned it's possible to live a long time without cheese, but it's not as fun. She loves getting to know new friends and neighbors, particularly if they have babies or dogs. Her first novel, "The 23 Flags of Calla McCrae," is due out in 2016. Follow her at Small Town Laowai, on Facebook, or on Instagram.