The Great Mold of 2014 killed 12 pairs of my shoes. When living on the first floor of a lane house, a two week vacation means coming back to a day of boiling rags, wearing masks, moving furniture, bleaching the fuck out of everything, then eventually throwing out what's shoved in the back of the closet. It's not just material items to grieve over. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)
, indoor mold can increase the risk of respiratory disease by 50%. A Parkway Health
ENT also told us that expats commonly develop new allergies after three or four years of living in China due to mold and dust mites.