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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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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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the most wonderful time of the year

There may come a day when I dread birthdays. There may come a day I think birthdays are unimportant and when I even forget that it’s my birthday. But for now, I still love love LOVE birthdays. I love all … 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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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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J.Crew prices: China vs. U.S.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I logged onto jcrew.com two seconds after my last post. I got all excited about its promises of free shipping, free returns, duty free shopping to China, but they do charge a premium. I guess … Continue reading

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BE STILL, MY BEATING HEART!

I just opened up my inbox to the world’s greatest email. Well, ok, I could think of a couple other messages that could make me happier, but this really is the best thing I’ve gotten in a long time. And … 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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