Category Archives: China

Christmas in Dali

Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since my Christmas dinner in Dali. Here’s one I never posted… —– As an American Jew in China celebrating Christmas at a Muslim restaurant I’m confused enough already when the highest-ranking party

Christmas in Dali

Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since my Christmas dinner in Dali. Here’s one I never posted… —– As an American Jew in China celebrating Christmas at a Muslim restaurant I’m confused enough already when the highest-ranking party

Lei Feng Day, Phase II – Three Pagodas

…cont’d from┬áLei Feng Day, Phase I Part of the Lei Feng spirit is giving people the benefit of the doubt, and every day I pass the Shoe Men at the intersection of Fuxing Lu and Foreigner Street, and wave off

Lei Feng Day, Phase II – Three Pagodas

…cont’d from┬áLei Feng Day, Phase I Part of the Lei Feng spirit is giving people the benefit of the doubt, and every day I pass the Shoe Men at the intersection of Fuxing Lu and Foreigner Street, and wave off

Lei Feng Day, Phase I

To make a long story short, Lei Feng was a good-Samaritan back in the early 1960’s whom Chairman Mao and the Communist Party promoted as a model of the perfect young worker, going so far as to declare March 5,

Lei Feng Day, Phase I

To make a long story short, Lei Feng was a good-Samaritan back in the early 1960’s whom Chairman Mao and the Communist Party promoted as a model of the perfect young worker, going so far as to declare March 5,

Ancient History – Mao’s Memory Hall and the National History Museum

I met Tsuen at the metro exit of Tiananmen West and we proceeded to the entrance of the National History Museum to the east of the Square. But before learning about ancient history, he asked if I’d like to see

Ancient History – Mao’s Memory Hall and the National History Museum

I met Tsuen at the metro exit of Tiananmen West and we proceeded to the entrance of the National History Museum to the east of the Square. But before learning about ancient history, he asked if I’d like to see

Afternoon at the Temple of Heaven

I told my friend Ares in Beijing that the one thing I missed on my first trip that I really wanted to see was the Temple of Heaven. It wasn’t until I had left Beijing back in November that I

Afternoon at the Temple of Heaven

I told my friend Ares in Beijing that the one thing I missed on my first trip that I really wanted to see was the Temple of Heaven. It wasn’t until I had left Beijing back in November that I

How Not to Get a Z-Visa

Okay, I didn’t want to go into detail while this was all going on. And I didn’t want to talk about work either. But now I’ll try to fill in some details that I skipped. Like how I was deported

How Not to Get a Z-Visa

Okay, I didn’t want to go into detail while this was all going on. And I didn’t want to talk about work either. But now I’ll try to fill in some details that I skipped. Like how I was deported

If 15,000 pig carcasses in the Huangpu River “meets the national sanitation standards for drinking water,” is it still kosher?

Earlier this month, workers began fishing hundreds of dead pigs out of the Huangpu river. This raised safety concerns about the river that supplies over 30% of Shanghai’s water. Authorities conducted tests and concluded there’s no problem with the water.

If 15,000 pig carcasses in the Huangpu River “meets the national sanitation standards for drinking water,” is it still kosher?

Earlier this month, workers began fishing hundreds of dead pigs out of the Huangpu river. This raised safety concerns about the river that supplies over 30% of Shanghai’s water. Authorities conducted tests and concluded there’s no problem with the water.

Movin’ on down to the East Side of town

First act of the new year, I moved into a new guesthouse. Used to be I’d put on my backpack and leave and viola, I had moved. Now I’ve got a backpack, a suitcase, a desk, chair, and a big

Movin’ on down to the East Side of town

First act of the new year, I moved into a new guesthouse. Used to be I’d put on my backpack and leave and viola, I had moved. Now I’ve got a backpack, a suitcase, a desk, chair, and a big

Frodo, you’re not in Kansas anymore: Music abroad

One of the scariest things about living abroad is hearing the frightening English-language songs in bars and coffee houses that pass as music overseas. That’s not the scary part. No, scary part’s having to wonder if they’re playing these songs

Frodo, you’re not in Kansas anymore: Music abroad

One of the scariest things about living abroad is hearing the frightening English-language songs in bars and coffee houses that pass as music overseas. That’s not the scary part. No, scary part’s having to wonder if they’re playing these songs