Category Archives: China

Five Star Billionaire

Rereading Five Star Billionaire, and I found a line I highlighted last time. China was at once lawless and unbending in its rules. Tash Aw, Five Star Billionaire Still so accurate.

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Shanghaist and Gothamist Are Over

A week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, two of New York City’s leading digital purveyors of local news, celebrated victory in their vote to join a union. On Thursday, they lost their jobs, … Continue reading

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Bell’s Seasoning

This is the first thing I’ve written for my MFA that I consider a finished, standalone piece. When I started this program, I expected to write so many finished, solid stories. And I am writing so, so much for this program, but … Continue reading

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Yantai Journals

Oh, hey so I briefly mentioned the Chefoo Concentration Camp when I wrote about exploring Tamsui. There’s an episode of NPR’s This American Life about the diary of a Girl Guide leader who was imprisoned in Chefoo. The story is … Continue reading

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80 Days

Let’s talk about how freaking great 80 Days is. In this iOs game, you play as acrobat-turned-valet Passpartout in a steampunked version of Jules Verne’s Around The World In 80 Days. (I read this novel when I was in middle … Continue reading

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Turing Test, HSK Test

You know that philosophy puzzle called the Chinese Room about the definition of AI? It basically ask if you don’t speak Chinese, but have sufficient dictionaries and translation resources to fake it to people who don’t see your 老外 face, … Continue reading

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Mid-Autumn Festival

On my early-morning walk to Chinese school, I saw barriers closing off a Chinatown road, and wondered which Chinese holiday was  coming up. The lunar calendar means that even though Moon-Viewing Day snuck up on me last year in Shanghai, it snuck up on me … Continue reading

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Cool Noodles

Me in China: I’m so tired of la mian, I can’t wait to get home and eat a sandwich. Me in Boston: Ok, I want the noodle bowl minus everything but cucumbers, and add cilantro, and peanut sauce, and how close can … Continue reading

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Language Acquisition or Whatever

Me taking HSK practice exams: Yeah! 加油! Go me! I’m so good at Chinese! Me listening to native Mandarin at natural speed: Uh, what?  慢说. 我说的不好。   Right now, I’m studying the vocabulary for the HSK 1 exam. A lot of … Continue reading

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Learning Chinese In Carrboro

I’ve been taking Chinese classes at Chicle Language Institute at night, and really getting a lot out of it. (This is not a sponsored or requested post at all, I’m linking the language center’s site because I had a hard time finding … Continue reading

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