Monthly Archives: January 2008


  • Queer as Ancient Folk
    Alternative lifestyles in old China were not necessarily always a closeted affair.Admit it. When you look at old photographs and portraits from the past, you think the subjects were nothing like you.


  • The Five Kinds of Chinese Girlfriends
    It’s no one’s fault. It’s everybody’s fault. We all bought into the concept of men and women working, playing, talking and loving alike, and now look.


  • iThink vs. Groupthink
    So Shandong Third Electric Power Company begins building the largest power station in Nigeria, and it’s going to produce a lot of money and value for all concerned, a fine example of typically well-intentioned but superficial Groupthink in act


  • Teapot Heads Agree: Yixing's the Thing
    Living in China and not drinking great tea everyday is like living in France and buying bagged bread – then eating it with cheese wrapped by the slice. A world of mildly caffeinated taste and pleasure awaits, at unbeatable prices.


  • Flooded by the Third Wave
    I don’t know when it happened, but it happened. Beijing has become a city for the third wave of expats. Let me state for the record that I’m of the second wave.


  • Shangri-la's Meili Mountain
    Forget what you thought you knew about paradise. “There are moments in everyman’s life, when he glimpses the eternal.” -Lost Horizon, by James Hilton What do you think of when someone says ‘paradise’? It probably has something


  • Gambling as Investment Strategy
    Every gambler knows, the secret to survivinIs knowin what to throw away and knowin what to keep.I don’t know much about the stock market, or economics, but I know the look of the gambler.


  • Ya Say Ya Want a Revolution? - China '76
    Ah, 1976, a simpler time. Who amongst you has the fullness of years to remember it? Hair was feathered and bottoms were belled. Barry Manilow was singing about writing the songs that made the world sing.


  • Sir Hillary's Five Lessons of Heroism
    He was a Kiwi, a beekeeper, and all around nice guy. Oh yeah, he was also the first person to top Everest. Edmund Hillary, Sir Edmund to you but not to his friends, died a few days ago, and was definitely the sort of chap who wouldn’t want any tea


  • Blood Thirsty Boxers and a Real Man
    Beijing as Ernest Morrison saw itYou and your foreign friends are trapped. A place heretofore friendly and deferential to foreigners, Beijing has suddenly decided that all of you are enemies who should be butchered.