Life in Lifts is written by KJ, a New Zealander living in Guangzhou China. KJ has lived and worked in China for 18 years. KJ holds three degrees, two daughters, and a pet rabbit named Rachel. He speaks advanced intermediate Mandarin Chinese and has some knowledge of Cantonese (especially the naughty words). This knowledge allows him to chat with the locals, not always understanding everything but enough to get the “gist” and gain insights into their daily lives.
Elevator rides seldom last more than a minute so complicated issues of global concern are rarely touched upon.