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Archive for March, 2010

Everything But the Table, Part 1: A Brief Introduction to Chinese Food Posted by on Mar 31, 2010

China truly is a gourmand’s paradise filled with delicious food everywhere you go. The food itself can be as far ranging as delicacies popularized during the Ming Dynasty or it can be as simple and down to earth as a 1 块 stick of 串 (think kebab) found on any roadside corner. Whatever the type…

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Macau Posted by on Mar 30, 2010

Yesterday I went with some friends to Macau, one of China’s 特别行政区te4bie2xing2zheng4qu1 (special administrative regions).  There, we saw some of the 痕迹 hen2ji4 (traces) of Macau as a 殖民地 zhi2min2di4 (colony).  Macau has become a supreme tourist attraction in East Asia, attracting more tourists last year than even Hong Kong!  This may have to do…

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Wafer-Thin Margins, or Manufacturing in China Posted by on Mar 29, 2010

The US remains the largest 生产 (sheng1chan3 – manufacturing) nation, but few if any people I have asked have been able to answer correctly which country it is. Several days ago, I spoke with a trader who deals in appliances and power tools sourcing some components from the Mainland.  I was particularly curious about one…

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The Good and the Bad About Bad Goods Posted by on Mar 28, 2010

It was this time last year that I was en route to give a talk at a university in Wuhan.  During the drive from the airport, I began to chat with the driver.  Our focus soon shifted to trade between the US and China.  As we built rapport, he asked very frankly, “是不是美国公司就把这些垃圾食品卖给我们中国人吃?” (Are American…

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Where Does the Trash Go? Posted by on Mar 27, 2010

When I lived in Beijing, every day I would pass a trash compactor station where tricycle-bound trash collectors would empty the contents of the storage tank mounted on the back.  I would reflect on how having  a roving fleet of trash collectors could replace several garbage trucks and reduce congestion and air pollution on Beijing’s…

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Mandarin Numbers 1-100 Posted by on Mar 24, 2010

If you’re interested in learning Chinese numbers 1-100, use the table below to help with your studies! Note that generally numbers are easy to construct. If you know the numbers 1-10 and 100, then you can express any number from 1-100! See below: *Note: Zero is 零 ling2.* 一 yi1 1 二 er4 2 三…

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Google and The “Great Firewall” of China Posted by on Mar 23, 2010

With the recent (although a long time coming) announcement of Google shutting down its operations in mainland China, comes much debate about the reasons and justifications for doing so. While Google (谷歌)has made claims about invasion of privacy, blocking content, and security breaches (including email virus attacks to gain info on human rights advocates) as…

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