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things chinese people (don’t) buy

There’s an article in WSJ today about American retailers pulling out of China after failing to understand the local market. Home Depot, for one, says that with its cheap labor, China is more of a “do-it-for-me” kind of culture rather … 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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“Yeah, that’s not a good idea”

Motorbikes in China are like clown cars — there’s  no limit to the number of passengers they can hold. This one, from a photograph taken by The Husband’s new friend Stephen Woolverton (that he aptly titled, “Yeah, that’s not a … Continue reading

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“The Hunger Games” poster in China

“The Hunger Games” was never released in China, but that has not kept the Chinese people from ripping off the movie poster. Prominently displayed all over Shenzhen are these ads for Suning, a major Chinese electronics retailer. Katniss and Peeta are … Continue reading

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food safety in China

Food safety in China is no joke — and it’s not a concern that’s limited to a handful of paranoid foreigners. It’s something that Chinese people also discuss constantly. Every other day, my coworkers would warn me about some random … Continue reading

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Sephora in Hong Kong

Why are there no Sephora stores in Hong Kong? We have quite a few Sephoras here in mainland China. And it seems like Hong Kong people wear more makeup than Chinese women, so wouldn’t a city like Hong Kong be … 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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Watching “Food, Inc.” in China

Friday nights are movie nights at our school. Our friend EM, who shares my interest in ethical food consumption, was hosting a screening of “Food, Inc.,” so I went. And I winced, gasped, and cringed through the entire movie. Those … Continue reading

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hard beds in China

Our school recently had to buy new Ikea mattresses for several visiting American faculty members, because they were too uncomfortable sleeping on the hard Chinese beds. It’s true: the beds in China are quite hard. The husband also complained a … Continue reading

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exotic hot pot in China

Since coming to China, we’ve had hot pot on numerous occasions. The husband and I are actually not huge fans — most times, it’s just too damn hot in Shenzhen to be sitting around a steaming, boiling pot, and the super … Continue reading

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