Category Archives: advertising

dry oil vs. wet oil

The beauty industry sure loves to confuse consumers. All the rage these days is “dry oil,” which supposedly hydrates skin without clogging pores. That sounds great and all, except I’ve been conditioned to expect the exact opposite for decades. Since … Continue reading

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selling deodorants to strong women

The commercial for Degree Clinical deodorant goes something like this: “Women are strong. Not strong with an asterisk. Not strong but. Women are strong. Period.” The slogan for this product is “Unapologetically Strong.”  I was wondering why it sounded so… … Continue reading

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eating meat in the U.S.

While I was in China, I became a little (!) educated about factory farming. And I vowed that when I came back to the U.S., I would become an ethical meat eater (well, as ethical as you can be as … Continue reading

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Ace Power from Korea

Ohmygod, Korea is killing me with these weird weight loss/fitness contraptions. This one is called Ace Power, and it’s supposed to give you the workout benefits of horseback riding. Which sounds fine, except… it looks like this. And you thought … Continue reading

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hot and cold food in China

When Chinese people talk about “hot” food, they could be talking about three different things: temperature hot, spicy hot, or inner fire hot, which is this mysterious thing that I haven’t quite figured out yet. Basically, people in China believe that certain … Continue reading

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not cool, MBSKY, not cool!

We were walking through a tiny department store in Pingshan Village the other day when the husband noticed this rather disturbing poster for MBSKY, a Chinese fashion brand. In case it isn’t obvious, let me spell it out for you: … Continue reading

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V-lines in asia

Every few years, there seems to be some new ridiculous trend in Korea that dictates what random, inorganic shape your body is supposed to resemble. For example: they say an ideal female body supposedly has an S-line profile, with large breasts … 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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“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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exercising in jeans

When I’m at the gym in China, I always see at least a few people exercising in jeans. I’ve noticed that in general, people in China don’t seem to have very strong preconceptions about fitness wear. So there are a … Continue reading

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