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10 February 2013 ~ 3 Comments

Conversations 2013 #5: The Chinese are Disagreeable, In General

Conversations 2013 #5: The Chinese are Disagreeable, <em>In General</em>

The following conversation took place between myself and a student at a cafe in Yokohama. Student: I still haven’t heard back for that (big) Chinese company I interviewed with two weeks ago…I don’t think I passed the interview. Me: Sorry to hear that. Student: It’s OK. I spoke with my brother in law. He lives […]

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30 August 2009 ~ 2 Comments

China via Japan pt. 7: Pics from the Middle Kingdom

China via Japan pt. 7: Pics from the Middle Kingdom

Immigration:”Is this you?” Me: “Of course that’s me!” That little white box in front of me is a box for rating her.  I gave her a satisfied. She was just doing her job…I suppose. Looks like Shinjuku… Starfish and Lizards and Scorpions…oh my Lebron James and I in the Beijing Subway Ok…I’m not going that […]

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27 August 2009 ~ 11 Comments

China via Japan Pt. 6: …And then there was the food

China via Japan Pt. 6: …And then there was the food
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I fell head over heels in love with Japanese food. It’s one of the reasons I’m still here. Whenever I seriously contemplate returning home I start weighing the pros and cons and the con that gives me heart palpitations is the thought of not having access to authentic Japanese cuisine. Usually my ruminating comes to an abrupt […]

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20 August 2009 ~ 13 Comments

China via Japan pt. 5: Good walls make good neighbors?

China via Japan pt. 5: Good walls make good neighbors?

Walking around China one thing seems to stand out as much as any other: There are walls everywhere… Walls around houses, walls around schools, walls around cities, and what do you know: A great big long ass wall across the country. Robert frost once said in a poem: Good fences make good neighbors and I suspect […]

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14 August 2009 ~ 7 Comments

China via Japan pt. 4: Sweet commie nothings in my ear

China via Japan pt. 4: Sweet commie nothings in my ear

Don’t tell anybody, but I was kind of excited about visiting The Forbidden City. Like millions of people, I was moved by the tragic life of Emperor Puyi, the last Emperor of China and subject of the imaginatively titled film,  “The Last Emperor.” I felt sorry for him. As a toddler, to be snatched from your mother and whisked […]

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12 August 2009 ~ 20 Comments

China via Japan pt. 3: From Mao to Yao

China via Japan pt. 3: From Mao to Yao

I don’t have a beef with Communism. Personally, I think almost any political system, be it Democratic, Theocratic, Autocratic, Communist, or even a Sultanate or Monarchy, has the capacity for good and dark deeds.  Whether it’s The Great Leap Forward, The Middle Passage, Manifest Destiny or The Third Reich, when the wheels of change get to rolling, usually a […]

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10 August 2009 ~ 15 Comments

China via Japan pt.2: Foreigners

China via Japan pt.2: Foreigners

Yes, living in Asia for an extended period, surrounded by Japanese, does something to you. Something quite involuntary. Something you aren’t especially aware of until you leave Japan. You catch a glimpse of it when you go home for a visit, assuming your home-world isn’t an Asian country. Even if you’re returning to a multicultural domain like NY […]

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10 August 2009 ~ 10 Comments

China via Japan pt.1

China via Japan pt.1

I wish I had gone to China without having lived 6 years in Japan. Living here almost ruined my trip to China. Almost. Have you ever spoken to a Japanese person about China or Chinese? Have they ever uttered a single positive thing about either, or something that didn’t have a big ass but attached to it? Chinese food […]

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09 August 2009 ~ 16 Comments

The Japanese-American Express card

So, I was at Narita Airport with a couple of hours to kill before my flight to China. After looking around for a smoking area and finding it- some not-so well-ventilated closet with several people who could effectively be used as poster people on anti-tobacco ads targeting teens that state plainly: You don’t want to end up like this […]

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