Ready or Not, Here We Squat

So far I’ve only skirted around the topic that is the elephant in the room when talking about adjusting to life in China. And for good reason. Warning: This is my longest rant yet so before we begin, you may

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Ready or Not, Here We Squat

So far I’ve only skirted around the topic that is the elephant in the room when talking about adjusting to life in China. And for good reason. Warning: This is my longest rant yet so before we begin, you may

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The #4

There’s a rhythm to the #4 buses. The bus line terminates at the traffic circle of Renmin Street and Cangshan in Xiaguan. There all passengers must disembark while those waiting at the bus stop get on. But they don’t pay

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The #4

There’s a rhythm to the #4 buses. The bus line terminates at the traffic circle of Renmin Street and Cangshan in Xiaguan. There all passengers must disembark while those waiting at the bus stop get on. But they don’t pay

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Pingxi Lantern Festival

Day 3: Today was the world-famous Pingxi Lantern Festival. It wasn’t until nightfall, but getting there involved leaving our place by 10am, taking the subway to a shuttle, and going on an hour-long ride along mountain roads to Pingxi. We

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Pingxi Lantern Festival

Day 3: Today was the world-famous Pingxi Lantern Festival. It wasn’t until nightfall, but getting there involved leaving our place by 10am, taking the subway to a shuttle, and going on an hour-long ride along mountain roads to Pingxi. We

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Totally Legal – Shang Yang’s Ruler

Sinologist Arthur Waley called the Legalists “Realists”—not to be confused with 19th century European art—because they were pragmatic. Like the Mohists, they rejected the ancestral rites and traditions that filled the royal and local calendars but didn’t strengthen the state. Even

Totally Legal – Shang Yang’s Ruler

Sinologist Arthur Waley called the Legalists “Realists”—not to be confused with 19th century European art—because they were pragmatic. Like the Mohists, they rejected the ancestral rites and traditions that filled the royal and local calendars but didn’t strengthen the state. Even

Finally, Qin puts its dukes up; Dukes hold Qin high

The bulk of Qin lay to the west of the Zhou king’s former capitol, near present-day Xian. Remember, way back in 771 BC after the capture of the Zhou capital and the killing of the Zhou king, the heir was

Finally, Qin puts its dukes up; Dukes hold Qin high

The bulk of Qin lay to the west of the Zhou king’s former capitol, near present-day Xian. Remember, way back in 771 BC after the capture of the Zhou capital and the killing of the Zhou king, the heir was

Qin Shi Huang’s Warriors – we gotta lotta terra-cotta

I do a double-take out the window as the shuttle zooms by a warehouse. “The place to produce and sell terra-cotta worriers” A warehouse full of statues of Jewish mothers, I imagine, fretting about their adult children gallivanting across East

Qin Shi Huang’s Warriors – we gotta lotta terra-cotta

I do a double-take out the window as the shuttle zooms by a warehouse. “The place to produce and sell terra-cotta worriers” A warehouse full of statues of Jewish mothers, I imagine, fretting about their adult children gallivanting across East

Partition of Jin rummy (Three-card split, Marquesses are Wild)

“I am the son and heir of nothing in particular.” — “How Soon Is Now,” The Smiths With the reign of Chong Er, the Dukedom of Jin became The Smiths of its day. Jin rocked the Spring and Autumn charts

Partition of Jin rummy (Three-card split, Marquesses are Wild)

“I am the son and heir of nothing in particular.” — “How Soon Is Now,” The Smiths With the reign of Chong Er, the Dukedom of Jin became The Smiths of its day. Jin rocked the Spring and Autumn charts

Get Schooled: Warring States style (100 Schools of Thought)

“In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace,

Get Schooled: Warring States style (100 Schools of Thought)

“In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace,

Origin of the Cold Food Festival

Each year in early April, the Chinese remember the dead on the festival known as Qingming. On this day, families visit and clean the grave sites of their ancestors. For this reason, it’s sometimes called Tomb-Sweeping Day. After the Chinese

Origin of the Cold Food Festival

Each year in early April, the Chinese remember the dead on the festival known as Qingming. On this day, families visit and clean the grave sites of their ancestors. For this reason, it’s sometimes called Tomb-Sweeping Day. After the Chinese

Laozi and Confucius walk into a bar…

They didn’t walk into a bar together, but it’s sobering to think that these two monumental pillars of human thought lived at roughly the same time in the same part of world, allowing for the greatest meeting of dueling philosophies

Laozi and Confucius walk into a bar…

They didn’t walk into a bar together, but it’s sobering to think that these two monumental pillars of human thought lived at roughly the same time in the same part of world, allowing for the greatest meeting of dueling philosophies