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CHINA | Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | Views [558]

is not blocked! Apparently, a major influx of English speakers and the absolute absurity of blocking the entire site finally hit the Commies.  Because I can now search for nationalism or chickens or Eugene Delacroix freely.  Of courese, only the ... Read more >

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This is China

CHINA | Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | Views [523] | Comments [1]

That's kind of the mantra of expats living in this country. When something seems ridiculous or doesn't go as you expect it, the only reason that ever crosses anyone's mind is "This is China." Friends have actually shortened it to T.I.C.... Read more >

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CHINA | Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | Views [533] | Comments [1]

About six months ago, I mentioned that there are laws regarding the heat and air conditioning availability in China. Basically, it reads: Those who live above a certain point can have heat from November 15 to March 15. Those who live below this point ... Read more >

Tags: culture, weather


CHINA | Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | Views [545] | Comments [1]

Whitening products are popular all over the world. Teeth, hair, skin. Everyone wants something to be brighter than it naturally is. In Asia, they want to be a pale as humanly possible. They have products (from Western companies) screaming "... Read more >

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A football (soccer) team

CHINA | Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | Views [648] | Comments [1]

The other day the class assignment was to think about ambitions. Then, tell your partner about your ambitions. Then, tell the class your most interesting ambition. "I want to travel the world." "I want to become a business woman."... Read more >

Tags: culture, students


CHINA | Sunday, 23 Mar 2008 | Views [938] | Comments [3]

Chinese fashion is a lot to take in.  When I first arrived, I saw so many bright purple and gold Dolce and Gabana shirts on men, that I thought either the town had painted itself in my alma maters colors in expectation of my arrival or that Western fashion ... Read more >

Tags: culture, fashion

It's hard to ignore

CHINA | Friday, 21 Mar 2008 | Views [486]

Things are going down here. History is happening. And I'm here to sort of witness it and try to read about it from foreign newspapers on the internet. I don't really know what to say about it. It's crazy. Luckily, nothing much is happening in Beijing.... Read more >

Tags: culture, current events

This is your mind on university

CHINA | Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | Views [658] | Comments [2]

My university experience took my mind and inflated it with a bicycle pump.  Then, it turned it inside out, poured acid on it to make it melt, and blended it to a pulp.  Then, it poured it into a mold, slightly different from the previous mold, and baked ... Read more >

Tags: culture, students, work

Chinese names, Native American names, Hippy names

CHINA | Saturday, 23 Feb 2008 | Views [3665] | Comments [1]

When I'm prompted to give a Chinese person an English name, they always want to know what it means. What it means, you may ask? Yep, what it means. Do English names have meaning? Rarely. In my case, the name Lea doesn't necessarily mean anything.... Read more >

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Chairman Mao

CHINA | Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | Views [986] | Comments [2]

My sister has called him the "pickled historical figure". Some people worship him. Others liken him to Hitler and Stalin. And still others wait in line to see his corpse. In the middle of Tian'anmen Square there is a shrine to Mao Zedong.... Read more >

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Pop, bang, boom

CHINA | Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | Views [503] | Comments [2]

I don't think there is any way to express the way in which Chinese people appreciate fireworks. Rarely a night goes by during which I cannot hear the wonderful pop, BANG, B-O-O-M!!! of the gunpower covered in colorful...stuff outside my window. ... Read more >

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Driver's Ed: Beijing Style

CHINA | Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | Views [589]

We have this stereotype...in America...about Asian drivers.  It's that they're BAD at it.  I don't know if stereotypes are ever justified.  But this one, it seems, has been bred into them from their roots in the Motherland. Quite of few of my students ... Read more >

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Thirsty for freedom

CHINA | Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | Views [637] | Comments [2]

When I signed up to work in China, I had a singular mission: to see China. I prettied this up for my interview by saying as a journalist, it is important to understand different groups of people in order to report more accurately and fairly. But, ... Read more >

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Eastern emotions

CHINA | Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | Views [527] | Comments [1]

My observational abilities force me to see the stereotypes of this nation.  I witness the Chinglish signs and laugh to myself, I see the short little Asians constantly wearing heels, and I hear the now all too familiar out of tune piano sounds of Chinese.... Read more >

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Seasonal depression

CHINA | Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | Views [537]

One of the first people I met in Beijing was Johanna. She is a diplomat from Belgium, but she works at the Luxembourg embassy. The tales of her border crossings with a Luxembourg passport claiming her nationality is Belgian, comparing life stories, ... Read more >

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