Monthly Archives: March 2012

Survivor: Shenzhen Style

The Husband and I went on a school trip last Friday. We were told that one of the activities would be a cooking contest at a “green ecological garden,” and I went along envisioning a peaceful hippie-style organic farm where … Continue reading

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fat jiggling machines in asia

The first time I went to the gym in China, I made a beeline for one of these fat jiggling (vibrating belt?) machines. While The Husband lifted weights and ran on the treadmill, I just stood around with this band … Continue reading

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chinese men and their bags

In general, men in China seem to have a different attitude about bags than most American men do. For example, all men in China carry handbags for their ladies. And I do mean ALL men. I have yet to see a … Continue reading

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J.Crew prices: China vs. U.S.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I logged onto jcrew.com two seconds after my last post. I got all excited about its promises of free shipping, free returns, duty free shopping to China, but they do charge a premium. I guess … Continue reading

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BE STILL, MY BEATING HEART!

I just opened up my inbox to the world’s greatest email. Well, ok, I could think of a couple other messages that could make me happier, but this really is the best thing I’ve gotten in a long time. And … Continue reading

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“the hunger games” in china (???)

My latest obsession, The Hunger Games, is opening all over the world this weekend, and some of us have been wondering if it will be released in China. I mean, considering the subject matter (totalitarian government, coup d’etat, youth revolt, … Continue reading

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milk powder in china

I’ve been talking to my Chinese friends about starting my own business. My idea was to create a little on-line jewelry shop, but they keep telling me that the money is in importing milk powder to China. No one trusts … Continue reading

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things people like in china: part 2

It’s been several months since my last post about things people like in China. I have a few more things to add to the list. Naps. Chinese people all take naps during lunchtime, after they eat. At the office, they … Continue reading

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humidity in shenzhen

Shenzhen is the most humid city I’ve ever lived in. It seems that 10 months out of the year, everything always feels sweaty: bodies, papers, clothes, candy, floors, walls. And I really do mean everything. The other day, we found a … Continue reading

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chairman mao: total pop icon

I’ve been seeing these Oba-Mao/Chairman Obama T-shirts all around China and Hong Kong, and it turns out that they’ve been around for quite some time. I found an article from 2009 about how the government banned the sale of these … Continue reading

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