China

Beijing Olympics Goodwill Goes Poof

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I think all the goodwill generated by the Beijing Olympics has just disappeared. China’s Dairy Woes Widen. Wall Street Journal. China Milk Scandal Widens as Melamine Found in Yogurt. Bloomberg.

Melamine Contamination in Infant Milk Powder

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Last year, Caroline Smith Dewaal of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees and stated, “We see the pet food recall as a warning sign for the government that they need to do more to protect the food supply. It could easily happen to an ingredient used in [...]

Emperor Pu-Yi Severance Agreement

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I love Google’s news archive search. I just discovered a New York Times article from February 13, 1912 announcing that Emperor Pu-Yi had abdicated from the throne. The interesting part, at least for me, was the terms of the abdication. Specifically, the Republicans pledged that “[t]he Emperor shall receive an annual grant of 4,000,000 taels [...]

Beijing China Olympics 2008 Souvenirs

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The Beijing Olympics have begun. Or, as the Beijing 2008 website notes: “-4 days to go.” Humorous if you know computer programmers, I guess. Once an event has started, turn off the countdown clock.I found the opening ceremony to be absolutely breathtaking in scope, precision and theatrics. More than once, I stared at the performance—gloriously [...]

Asian Art Museum – Ming Dynasty Exhibit

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The Asian Art Museum is hosting a special exhibition entitled Power and Glory: Court Arts of China’s Ming Dynasty from June 27-September 21, 2008. Fortunately, Target sponsors a Free First Sundays program that opens admission to the museum for free on the first Sunday of every month. This past Sunday being a “first Sunday,” I [...]

Pain Pain Go Away

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that China will be increasing retail gas prices on Friday by 16%. The last time China had increased retail fuel prices was in November. A one day 16% price hike sounds steep; however, consider that prices have been stable for the prior seven months. I last saw $3.99 gas [...]

Sichuan Earthquake

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How can one comprehend 40,000 deaths? To really understand the breadth of the destruction, at least if you live in the United States, I turn to Flickr and YouTube. You can search for Sichuan earthquake or 四川地震 photos on Flickr. Although both searches terms are technically the same, the results differ. You can perform the [...]

An Unfortunate Choice of Words

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TIME: A Tibetan Intifadeh Against China. Whatever the outcome, though, it seemed to be a turning point in the history of Tibet and perhaps also China. “This is massive,” said one Tibet specialist who was in touch with many Lhasa residents, “it is the intifadeh.” Nothing more inaccurate than the Western media plotting turning points [...]

Yao Ming Suffers Stress Fracture

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Yahoo/AP: Yao Out for Season with Left Foot Injury. All-Star center Yao Ming is out for the season with a stress fracture in his left foot . . . . Currently, the Houston Rockets are 3 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers, the Western Conference leader. However, the Rockets are only 3 1/2 games ahead [...]

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

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I finally made the Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs recipe that I had found in Fuchsia Dunlop’s Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook. The flavor was spot on; however, the ribs ended up a bit dry and overcooked. I found the recipe instructions to be a bit vague in terms of cooking time. In her recipe, I boiled, [...]