Happy Year of the Snake!

I can’t begin to say what an incredible year it’s been. The Year of the Dragon’s over, and I don’t think I’ll ever experience another like it. I’ve been living in China for a year now, and things are starting

Happy Year of the Snake!

I can’t begin to say what an incredible year it’s been. The Year of the Dragon’s over, and I don’t think I’ll ever experience another like it. I’ve been living in China for a year now, and things are starting

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

MacLehose Trail – Hong Kong

On my (hopefully) penultimate trip to Hong Kong, I finally got out of the big city and enjoyed a hike in the New Territories. I only had time for one hike, so I did a little research beforehand and found

MacLehose Trail – Hong Kong

On my (hopefully) penultimate trip to Hong Kong, I finally got out of the big city and enjoyed a hike in the New Territories. I only had time for one hike, so I did a little research beforehand and found

The Game

No, not that game. (But “Go Lions!” Wait, they didn’t make it, again? Damn. I’m a little behind the times here in China, if you couldn’t tell.) Back home there’s a radio talk show host my father listens to called

The Game

No, not that game. (But “Go Lions!” Wait, they didn’t make it, again? Damn. I’m a little behind the times here in China, if you couldn’t tell.) Back home there’s a radio talk show host my father listens to called

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.

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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Learning Chinese, Part 3

Okay, you’ve gotten off the plane, peed in the right restroom, and arrived at the train station. Now it’s time to board your thirty-six hour train ride. The next most important characters you need to know are upper, lower, and

Learning Chinese, Part 3

Okay, you’ve gotten off the plane, peed in the right restroom, and arrived at the train station. Now it’s time to board your thirty-six hour train ride. The next most important characters you need to know are upper, lower, and

Learning Chinese, Part 2

Okay, so you’ve survived your fifteen hour flight to China, and you have successfully relieved yourself thanks to your knowledge of 女 and 男 while your fellow passengers have all peed their jeans. Outside of restrooms, you’ll notice you don’t

Learning Chinese, Part 2

Okay, so you’ve survived your fifteen hour flight to China, and you have successfully relieved yourself thanks to your knowledge of 女 and 男 while your fellow passengers have all peed their jeans. Outside of restrooms, you’ll notice you don’t

Learning Chinese, Part I

If you’re traveling to China, the first characters you need to learn are 女 (woman/female) and 男 (man/male). That is unless you’re traveling to China on a temporary Z-visa, in which case the first character you need to know is

Learning Chinese, Part I

If you’re traveling to China, the first characters you need to learn are 女 (woman/female) and 男 (man/male). That is unless you’re traveling to China on a temporary Z-visa, in which case the first character you need to know is

The Chinese Shower

There is a Chinese National Bureau of Bathroom Fixtures whose soul function is to ensure that no two hotel shower fixtures are alike. Their rousing success is a testament to the efficacy of authoritarian regimes. Knobs. Levers. Handles. Pulleys…Could turning

The Chinese Shower

There is a Chinese National Bureau of Bathroom Fixtures whose soul function is to ensure that no two hotel shower fixtures are alike. Their rousing success is a testament to the efficacy of authoritarian regimes. Knobs. Levers. Handles. Pulleys…Could turning