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Everything But the Table: Lā Miàn Noodles (拉面) Posted by on Oct 25, 2011

As temperatures continue to plummet, the prospect of finding something hot and spicy to warm your belly becomes all the more appealing. If it wasn’t for today’s elegant yet simplistic dish, 拉面 (lā miàn) or pulled noodles, I don’t know how I could weather the frigid Beijing winter as it approaches. So if you want to…

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The Beautiful Bones: Bone-Stretching (骨拉伸) Posted by on Jul 12, 2011

Bone-stretching or 骨拉伸 (Gǔ lā shēn) has become quite popular in China, with over a million people partaking in the excruciating (and unnecessary) surgery. Why? The never-ending quest for beauty and success, which by the Chinese standards, means you must be taller. Here’s an in-depth National Geographic documentary on bone stretching in China and Asia: Now…

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Smoke ’em Because We know You Got ’em: Cigarettes (抽烟) Posted by on Apr 18, 2011

Smoking cigarettes or 抽烟 (chōu yān) may be China’s favorite past-time. No matter where you go, be it inside restaurants, hospitals, at weddings or inside a cab, everyone is ripping cigarettes. More than half the male population of China smokes, and seeing how the cheapest cigarettes in China cost a mere 5 kuai 块,it’s not…

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The Silk Road, Pt. 1: Introduction Posted by on Aug 5, 2010

The Chinese word for China (中国 ) literally is translated as “middle country”, or more accurately “center land”–and justifiably so. The China of old was at the center of all trade, commerce, invention and advancement, rivaling the Greek, Roman and Ottoman Empires. Whatever China had, be it fine silks, porcelain, printed books, calendars, silver or…

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Cheers: Drinking Culture in China (干杯) Posted by on Jun 25, 2010

I once found myself amidst an extravagant Chinese wedding in northwest Beijing, as one of only three guest 老外s in a sea of Chinese family members and friends. Upon entering the banquet hall, and much to my confusion, we were seated at the central table with the parents of the newly weds. Within seconds of…

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The PRD Michael Jackson Theory Posted by on Mar 9, 2010

Since moving to South China, I have developed a 理论 (theory) about the presence of 迈克尔杰克逊 (Michael Jackson) music.  Namely- 不管在什么地方 (no matter the place), 不管怎么样 (no matter what), you will be no further than 一公里 (1 kilometer) from a place where you can 听见 (hear) a Michael Jackson song.  This theory is based on…

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Happy New Year! Posted by on Feb 13, 2010

Greetings from 老挝 (Laos) and 新年快乐 (Happy New Year) to everyone!  This year is 虎年 (the year of the TIger), which marks the end of my own 本命年 (one’s own birth year), said to be the unluckiest/hardest year for people born in that year.  For those of you born in the Year of the Tiger…

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