Monthly Archives: December 2008
The Year That Will Be - Predictions for 2009
China Expat's Oracle BoneLook on the bright side, folks: at least we live in interesting times! Yes sir, if you found 2008 a struggle, go directly to bed, pull covers securely over head, and do not peek out from under until you hear people yel
China's Greatest Moments- 2008
Huang Chuncai So 2008 came in relatively lambish, and goes out a rampaging lion. China had worked eight frantic years planning for two weeks of summer glory.
Animals Moving China
Zhu Jianqiang, China's Top PigSo Time has a man of the year, but where's its animal of the year? Surely we haven't forgotten the vital role animals play in our daily welfare, largely alimentary as it may be.
Five Chinese Internet Sensations
The Kappa GirlLet's take a moment during this holiday season to appreciate a blessing we all share: the Internet. Fount of free info, scourge of the post office, and time-sucking distraction par excellence, the Internet brings the world to our m
A Chinese Christmas Story
This is the author's true account of Christmas day, 1970.Because of my parents' background, I was considered a "black child" from a counter-revolutionary family.
How Huineng Found Enlightenment
Huineng tearing sutrasWhat is the greatest gift you could hope for? Poor people wish for riches; rich people wish for love. People with understanding wish for enlightenment, the power to live each moment with wonder, free from judgment and fear.
China's Anti-Piracy Campaign
Remember when fighting piracy meant bending over backwards to make sure the Chinese had to pay $29.99 for a Zoolander DVD? Somali gentlemen of fortune are reminding us that real pirates hold weapons, not camcorders, and put lives at risk, not movi
China’s Ten Toughest Jobs?
A top ranking public servant of the Ming DynastyThere are all sorts of ways to break your back for chump change, especially in China. But a recent survey by the Institute of Psychology at China's Academy of Science ranked public service the
Five Alternative Chinatowns
Spooked by China's real estate scene but excited by America's declining home values, many Chinese investors are taking special house-buying trips.Most people moving overseas prefer a locale where their countrymen have an established prese
Any back-to-nature fans contemplating a sustainable, organic lifestyle in rural China are well-advised to watch Blind Mountain first. Forget the lack of internet and decent plumbing - the primitive mindset of the back-country farmer poses the deal-br