China

Expo 2010 上海世博 Drinks

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If you are attending the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, China, you are not permitted to bring liquids into the facility. If you are cost conscious, you may bring an empty water bottle and refill it for free at many of the water stations located through out the Shanghai World Expo grounds. Alternatively, Coca-Cola is selling [...]

Marketing, Propaganda or Marketing Propaganda

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During a recent trip to China, I stopped by a store in Wuxi that displayed this slogan:Wuxinees Admire Virtues and Wuxi is A Trustworthy City For ConsumptionI am certain that the sign would have been better off without the English translation. The sign isn’t suffering from the typical “Chinglish” problem. Instead, the slogan seems like [...]

Website Banned in China

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Whenever I read about the Great Firewall of China, I always assumed that it was blocking the other guy. However, during a recent visit to China, I discovered that I was the other guy.I tried to access the Overseas Chinese Web Guide from multiple locations within China and simply could not reach the website. It [...]

Not Just a Nation of Knock-Offs

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New York Times: China Drawing High-Tech Research From U.S.: For years, many of China’s best and brightest left for the United States, where high-tech industry was more cutting-edge. But Mark R. Pinto is moving in the opposite direction. It’s one thing for a Chinese engineer to return back to China for better career opportunities. However, [...]

Wei-Chuan Chinese Cookbooks

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After having some success with Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cuisine (中国菜), I decided to pick some some of the other Wei-Chuan cookbooks to diversify, namely Chinese Snacks (點心專輯), Chinese Cuisine: Beijing Style (北京菜) and Chinese Cuisine: Shanghai Style (上海菜). I really like the bilingual cookbooks produced by Wei-Chuan. While I prefer to read through recipes in English, [...]

Nanking

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I’m watching Nanking on Hulu. http://www.hulu.com/embed/dB38ROP8vPDh2i7n0XWfmA Considering the nature of this documentary, Hulu really shouldn’t be showing advertisements, especially Japanese car ads.

Sustainable Construction

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AP is reporting that the Bird’s Nest stadium will be converted into a shopping and entertainment complex. Funding the construction of an athletic stadium is one thing. But finding a stable source of income to pay for ongoing maintenance is another.

President Obama’s Controversial Inaugural Address

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During the broadcast of President Obama’s inaugural address, CCTV panned out when the President said the “c” word – communism. Not exactly one of the seven dirty words. However, if you read the inaugural address, you will realize that CCTV overreacted. President Obama said: Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just [...]

Melamine Contaminated Chinese Food Products

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Each day, government officials worldwide are announcing that more and more Chinese food products contain melamine. The good news is that someone is testing all the products, obvious or not, for melamine contamination. The Voice of America reported that latest products recalled include Koala brand chestnut and chocolate flavored cookies, Nabisco Ritz cracker cheese sandwiches [...]

Don’t Follow the White Rabbit

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A few days ago, I spotted this post: Tainted Milk in China; No Threat in US. However, that headline is not entirely accurate. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Health Information Advisory that “there is no known threat of contamination of infant formula manufactured by companies that have met the requirements to sell [...]