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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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friends don’t let friends shop at Hollister

I hate Hollister for soooooOOOOOoooo many reasons, and some little evil part of me is excited to see that they keep living up to the epic-level doucheyness that I’ve come to expect from them. The latest is that Hollister just opened … 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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wtf moment of the day: “18 Again” from India

There are not enough WTFs in the world to describe this commercial for 18 Again, a “vaginal tightening and rejuvenating cream” that supposedly makes couples want to prance around the family courtyard singing about how they feel like virgins again. … 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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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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Hongdae area in Korea

Last time we were in Seoul, it was too damn cold to do anything. I feel like I complained the entire time and sat around my parents’ living room contemplating the miracle of ondolbangs for a month. This time, however, … 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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