Category Archives: something new i noticed

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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going to the movies in China and Hong Kong

Since moving to this part of the world last year, we have been to see two movies: The Hunger Games (in Hong Kong a few weeks ago) and The Avengers (in Shenzhen, tonight!). We noticed that the movie theater experience … Continue reading

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as promised: carved wooden penises in Thailand

I haven’t been posting very often these days because I have a lot of distractions in my life right now, and my entries are starting to sound manic and incoherent. So I decided to just share a delightful little story … Continue reading

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UCLA in Asia

I should start by assuring you that I have nothing against UCLA — the school. I always thought of it as a great institution with lots of smart folks. It actually has a very good MBA program, which is one … Continue reading

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red bracelets in china

I see a lot of these thin red bracelets in China. They look a bit like the Kabbalah bracelets that Madonna & Co. used to wear, and I’ve been wondering what they symbolize here (because it’s probably not Kabbalah). But it … Continue reading

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social lives of middle-aged ladies in China

When I was growing up, my mom had no social life outside of her family. In fact, I can’t recall a single occasion in which she went out on weekends or evenings without us.  I realize that my mom might … Continue reading

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birth control in Asia

I don’t want to go anywhere near the shitstorm that is the birth control debate in America. All I can say on this topic is that I think birth control should be as affordable and as accessible as possible for … 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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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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