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About the Authors
Prof. Mavrides lived and worked in mainland China from 2003 through 2010 and is the principal author of the highly-acclaimed Foreign Teachers Guide to Living and Working in China. Dr. Mavrides possesses over 30 years of academic and direct practice experience in his field.
Ken is the cofounder of Middle Kingdom Life and a frequent content contributor and consultant.
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