My mom’s been visiting me for the past couple of weeks, and is getting ready to head back to Minnesota tomorrow. Unfortunately, yesterday and today she hasn’t been felling well. Or, as she says, she’s feeling "not quite." Stomach stuff. Nothing serious– just, shall we say, more frequent trips to the loo are needed. This […]
When I first came to China many moons ago, my Chinese students would always tell me that "the weather is very changeable" in China. I knew what they meant, and although there is nothing grammatically incorrect about that sentence, it still always struck me as an odd construction. Odd as it may be, however, it’s […]
This morning I had a close encounter with a killer pop-tart. A few days ago I was at one of the local grocery stores in town that stocks lots of imported items, and I stumbled across boxes of pop-tarts. Not just pop-tarts, but frosted brown sugar cinnamon pop-tarts. My favorite. Even though they were a […]
A friend of mine writes a monthly missive for "That’s Shanghai," an ex-pat oriented magazine in…well…Shanghai, naturally. The title of his article this month is "China 101," and it’s a good one. You can click here to read it. Please do. It’s very funny.
I ran across an article on the internet this afternoon that made me laugh out loud. It’s about an Ettiquette Manual that has been issued for distribution to residents of Guangzhou, a city in southern China. According to this article, the manual includes useful ettiquette tips, such as the importance of removing one’s hat while […]
Do you know what day it is today (March 5)? It’s Leifeng Day! Leifeng is a prototype selfless communist soldier who supposedly lived in the 1950’s. Here’s how a China Daily article this week describes him. Lei, a transport soldier of the People’s Liberation Army, was always ready to help others. He died in a […]