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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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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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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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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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things to do on tomb sweeping day

We had a day off last week for Tomb Sweeping Day (yes, this is a real holiday), so we and a couple of friends decided to hop on a bullet train and run away to Guangzhou together. I’d been hearing so … Continue reading

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wishing on a sky lantern in thailand

There’s so much I want to tell you about Krabi, Thailand — the beaches, the islands, the longtail boats, the thousands of carved wooden penises at Phranang Beach (don’t worry, my perverted little friends, I’ll come back to this later). But today, … 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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regrets/blast from the past

Do you ever look back on your childhood and think, “Ohmygod, what was WRONG with you?” Yeah, I have those moments all the time. I just had one this morning, when I was suddenly reminded of a book I bought … Continue reading

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the power of threadless

When I was at BU, we read a very interesting case about Threadless, an innovative company in Chicago that uses an online community of artists  to create and vote on T-shirt designs. They call this kind of model crowdsourcing, and it’s pretty … Continue reading

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