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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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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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ask and ye shall receive

The last time we were in Hong Kong, The Husband and I made a spontaneous decision to go see a movie. I say it was spontaneous, because we usually bring sweaters and jackets with us, as it is usually, like, … 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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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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celebrating women (who like to shop)

Happy Women’s Day! I got an email yesterday evening announcing that all women employees get a half day today in honor of International Women’s Day. So we got to leave the office at lunchtime and got all sorts of treats, … 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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(no) swiffers in china

Our apartment in China has white ceramic floors. Being Asians, we have dark hair. This is not an ideal combination. When we first arrived in Shenzhen, we searched high and low for a Swiffer or something similar with disposable dry cloths, but the closest … Continue reading

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