I can hear the editors in newsrooms all over the world this summer barking orders to their China-based correspondents: “GRAB YOUR CAMERA AND GET TO THE BEACHES IN QINGDAO. WE NEED A STORY ON THE SWIMMERS WEARING NYLON FACE MASKS. NOW!” There may indeed be other news-worthy events in China this summer — a certain […]
You know you are speaking to a group of Americans when you use a picture of a bullet train in a slide show and they say (almost in unison), “what’s that?”
I spent most of the decade of the 1990’s in the northeastern city of Changchun, where I was the director of a program for Americans who were studying Chinese. Our program was a joint venture with a university there, so I and the foreign students that I supervised all lived on a campus. One fall […]
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My landlady sent me a text message yesterday that someone would show up at my place around 8 this morning to uninstall the old air conditioner and take it away. My doorbell rang at 7 and there stood a sweet couple, wrenches and various tools in hand. They are in the recycling business and had […]
Recently while in a nearby park with a friend, we saw two very cute little kids being pushed by their grannies in strollers. We stopped and chatted, and I said ni hao (hello) to the kids. One of the grandmothers smiled and prompted the kids, saying, shuo nai nai hao, whereupon my friend broke into […]