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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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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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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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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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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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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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Survivor: Shenzhen Style

The Husband and I went on a school trip last Friday. We were told that one of the activities would be a cooking contest at a “green ecological garden,” and I went along envisioning a peaceful hippie-style organic farm where … Continue reading

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